In Cold Blood Test | 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. Why was a passing stranger considered a suspect in the Clutter murders?

2. Which investigator was personal friends with the murder victims?

3. Which of the Clutter children was somewhat eccentric?

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

5. How did Smith expect to get the money to pay back everyone he and Hickock had conned?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe some events describing why Smith's childhood was difficult and unfortunate.

3. Once in Florida, what was the only dream Smith felt he had left?

4. What physical characteristic did Perry Smith and Richard Hickock share?

5. Why was the car that Smith and Hickock drive to Mexico weighed down?

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

7. Why did Smith and Hickock head for the post office when they finally made it back to Las Vegas?

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

9. Who did Hickock blame for the crimes after he and Smith were arrested in Las Vegas?

10. Explain some of the details of Smith's dream.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If you were Capote, would you have written the book in the same way or would you have been more factual? Support your decision.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay describing this genre. Include opinions and supporting details about the objectivity of the author throughout the book.

Essay Topic 3

Describe in detail the symbolism of the cats and how it is used to represent Smith's life events.

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