Missing Links 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. When Ray is at The Mayflower Club with his father, what does he give to Madeline?

2. How does Ray feel when his father invites him to play again?

3. What does Two Down have to do to absolve his debt to Concorde?

4. What is Ray's father's motivation for the suggestion he makes?

5. How does Hoover distract Concorde?

Short Essay Questions

1. What plan does Thud come up with to help Two Down instead of kidnapping?

2. What threat do Concorde and the Slavic man make against Two Down?

3. When Two Down tells Ray of the "double or nothing" golf match against Concorde to get himself out of trouble, Ray initially refuses to be Two Down's partner. What makes Ray change his mind?

4. After Ray's father continues to invite him to play golf, what does Ray's father express an interest in buying? What does Ray realize are his father's motives for wanting to play golf together?

5. What is the one solution Ray proposes for Two Down's problem that Two Down takes seriously?

6. Why does Ray's father tell him not to score too high, and what does Ray realize about his father's motives?

7. At the beginning of Chapter 24, what does Ray's father offer him? What does Ray do?

8. How do things end for Ray and Dannie?

9. After doing research at the library on his special club, the MacGregor 693, what does Ray find out?

10. Describe what Ray learns from other Numerals and from Madeline with only one round left to play in the match.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author's background can sometimes reveal much about a text. Conduct research on the author and present both a short biography as well as a commentary on how his background plays a role in this novel.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think the author chose the flashback of the baby Jesus figures instead of a different prank? What is the importance of the flashback on understanding the motivation of each character to win The Bet? How does the flashback add to the reader's understanding of the characters in terms of The Bet?

Essay Topic 3

Reflect on the diction that Reilly uses in Chapter 4. Is it effective in presenting the story and moving the plot forward? Is it believable, or do you believe that the characters don't actually talk that way? What kind of atmosphere does Reilly's diction create in the novel?

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