In Cold Blood Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many of the C;utter children were still living at home at the time of the murders?

2. What did Hickock do to get some money for himself and Smith?

3. Who lead the investigation into the Clutter murders?

4. What happened to the passing stranger who was considered a suspect in the Clutter murders?

5. Which individual was a rodeo-performer at one time?

Short Essay Questions

1. With whom did Herb Clutter meet on the last day of his life, and what was the purpose of this meeting?

2. What happened to the request to abolish the verdict for Smith and Hickock?

3. Why did the court assign lawyers for Smith and Hickcock?

4. Why did Hickock study law while he awaited his execution?

5. How did Smith hope to pay back all of the people he and Hickock had taken advantage of through their criminal activities?

6. What correction did Smith make to his confession?

7. How did Floyd Wells know who committed the murders of the Clutter family?

8. Why was Nancy Clutter admired for her energy and industry?

9. What convinced Hickock to take Smith along as a partner to complete the murders?

10. Why did Hickock want to ditch the hitchhikers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Capote often claimed in interviews that he had perfect recall. Write an essay on the idea of perfect recall. Do you believe it exists? Do you believe Capote had perfect recall? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Describe how events in the story could be equated with the mentality of a lynch mob. Be sure to use supporting details from the text in your description.

Essay Topic 3

What was the most important event in this book? Explain and justify your choice with specific details from the text.

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