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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. What is the first thing out of Raymond's mouth after his own name?

2. Why does the doctor say Raymond would be the perfect assassin?

3. Where does Shaw's mother shove Senator Johnny Iselin, Raymond's hated stepfather, for a photo op?

4. In a flashback to the Korean War, what are Ed Mavole and Bobby Lembeck doing?

5. What enters the Iselin home once they are lawfully wed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What takes place at their rendezvous?

2. Of what does Raymond's column consist?

3. What do Raymond and Jocie do?

4. Why do others not like Iselin?

5. How does Raymond's life change when Marco moves in?

6. How does the chapter begin?

7. What does Raymond do to Jocie's father?

8. What happens to Marco one night?

9. What does Raymond say when Marco tells him about his dreams?

10. What does Marco have Rosie do?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Ben Marco is Raymond's good friend.

Part 1) Why might Marco be friends with him?

Part 2) What does Marco realize about Raymond? Does he try to help Raymond? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe that Marco was acting as Raymond's friend at the end of the story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Raymond becomes an assassin.

Part 1) How does this happen? Why does this happen?

Part 2) What is the connection between this and the theme of man as machine?

Part 3) How does he learn he is an assassin? How does he react to this? Why does he react this way?

Essay Topic 3

A wide range of emotions are expressed in this story.

Part 1) Give four examples of emotions and when they are expressed.

Part 2) What is the purpose of this spectrum of emotions?

Part 3) How do these emotions reflect the feelings of those living at this time in history? How might it affect readers differently today? Why?

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