Mercy 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. Cam is the direct descendant of the heroic chief and now holds the honorary title of chief of the ________.

2. While staying at Jamie's house, what of Maggie's does Allie use?

3. Cam would have preferred to give his honorary title up and become what?

4. Before leaving the graveside, what does Jamie whisper into Maggie's coffin?

5. Wheelock, Massachusetts is a small town that is the transplanted home of a clan from what village in Scotland?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about the first picnic Allie and Cam had together?

2. What is the library lecture given by Verona MacBean about?

3. What is Jamie's concern when Allie volunteers to go to his hometown of Cummington and speak to his neighbors and friends?

4. What is Jamie's occupation and how did it involve Maggie?

5. What is Jamie's theory about marriage?

6. Why does Graham's excitement about Jamie's case diminish after he talks to Jamie?

7. What does Cam realize as he is saying the rosary at church?

8. What important information does Maggie's best friend tell Allie?

9. Why does Allie envy Maggie?

10. Why did Jamie come to Wheelock to kill Maggie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does Graham MacPhee mean when he tells Allie: "Remorse is the one stipulation for mercy"? Explain fully how the concepts of forgiveness and mercy are intertwined in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Mia and what she symbolizes in the novel in general and/or to different characters.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following quotes used at the beginning of the novel to discuss the plot and themes of Mercy as they are illuminated through the quote:

1. "Who will not mercy unto others show,/How can he mercy ever hope to have?" -Edmund Spenser, The Fairie Queene

2. "A man gazing on the stars is proverbially/at the mercy of the puddles on the road." -Alexander Smith, Men of Letters

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