Life Expectancy Test | Final 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 old is Annie?

2. What is the third child born to Jimmy and Lorrie and when?

3. What three things survive the fire Konrad Beezo set?

4. What startles Jimmy and gives away his position?

5. What does the boy try to give Jimmy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jimmy begin by explaining now?

2. What does Konrad want from Lorrie and why does he feel he is entitled to it?

3. What fills Jimmy with a sense of foreboding?

4. How is Jimmy able to overcome his fear and propel himself into action?

5. How does Punchinello first respond to the request for a kidney for Annie?

6. What birth defect does Jimmy inquire about that reduces Punchinello to tears and why does it?

7. What does Vivacemente reveal that he wants and why?

8. What window into Punch's reality does he open for Jimmy to see?

9. What does Lorrie do that takes Beezo by surprise?

10. How do they react when Andy is born, considering the threat Beezo made when he burned down their home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do Jimmy and Lorrie ask of Punchinello? How does he respond to this request? Why does Jimmy go back in to see him after they had already left? What changes Punch's mind? What one request does he have in return for the precious gift they require of him? Why does Jimmy so readily agree? Does Jimmy ever intend to fulfill his part of this agreement? Why not?

Essay Topic 2

How does Punch reveal an intimate part of himself during his meeting with Lorrie and Jimmy? What does he tell them that gives them a glimpse into his real self? How does he describe the way he wakes up at night? What is the symbolism of his revelations to Jimmy and Lorrie? How does Lorrie try to use this to convince him to donate a part of himself to keep Annie alive? Why is he so resentful?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Lorrie write the last few chapters of Jimmy's memoir's? What conclusions does the reader draw from the fact that Jimmy does not finish the story of his five terrible days? Where does Lorrie's version of events begin? How does she start her narration and in what ways is it similar to the narration as it was originally written by Jimmy?

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