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. Who was the prime suspect for the murders at the end of Part 1 of In Cold Blood?

2. How old was Richard Hickock the night of the murders?

3. River Valley Farm did not contain which of the following?

4. The town where the Clutter family lived had a population of about how many?

5. Which of the Clutter children did the town believe to be a genius?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Smith and Hickock's lawyer's think they could keep their clients from being hung?

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

3. What did Smith and Hickock do right after the Cutter murders?

4. Who wrote down the license plate number of the stolen car Smith and Hickock were driving, a 1956 Chevrolet?

5. How did Hickock find his and Smith's destination, the Clutter house, on the night of the murders?

6. What characteristic did Willie-Jay and Richard Hickock both see in Perry Smith?

7. Who was able to secure Hickock and Smith some money after the murders?

8. What did Smith do with the squirrel that visited him in his cell?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing journalistic integrity. Include supporting details from this book which both support Capote as having a journalistic integrity and deny his journalistic integrity.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay describing how the author's attempts to increase the reader's sympathy for Smith. Be sure to include both details specifically from the text and personal responses to the author's words to support your essay.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay describing Smith as a person. Is he pitiable? Why or why not?

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