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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. Rumor has it that who owns an aquarium filled with piranha?

2. What does Dave do with the two guns from the deputies who stop him?

3. In Chapter Five, who believes that Dave is covering for Cletus?

4. On what street does Dave park his car when they visit Wesley Potts?

5. Who is referred to as a heavy-metal cat?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dave tell Captain Guidry about Cletus in Chapter Eleven?

2. Dave confronts Cletus one last time in Chapter Eleven. What does he tell Cletus he can do?

3. Why does Dave return to the Picayune's morgue in Chapter Twelve?

4. Why is Dave suspicious of the Cataouatche Parish deputies who pull him over?

5. In Chapter Twelve, Dave says that he is caught in the lens. What does he mean by this?

6. Why is Fitzpatrick angry with Dave in Chapter Five?

7. What does Dave learn about the woman who, according to Fitzpatrick, is a possible witness?

8. What happens when the Biloxi cops go to Murphy's house to search for his dead body?

9. About what does Dave bait Murphy in the beginning of Chapter Seven that elicits a reaction from Murphy?

10. Why does Johnny, a criminal, want to give Dave, a cop, information? What information does he give him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the effect of Fitzpatrick's death on Dave. Does he feel responsible? Guilty? If so, is there anything he could have done to stop it?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 11, Captain Guidry mentions "hubris" as "that word they use when they're talking about characters in Shakespeare's plays." Hubris is similar to pride. Research and write about the origin of "hubris." Is the term the same as or slightly different from pride? Why does the author choose to mention this in this book? How does it apply?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the effects of the Vietnam War on Dave personally. Be certain to address how it continues to affect his daily life.

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