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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 Dave drinking while he waits for Fitzpatrick to pick him up in Chapter Five?

2. Where did Dave get his .45 automatic?

3. What does the store in which Dave buys a newspaper smell like?

4. Who or what are Papa Celestin and Sharky Bonnano that the author mentions in Chapter One?

5. What kind of shirt is Julio Segura wearing in Chapter Two?

Short Essay Questions

1. What types of pistols does Dave own?

2. What does Dave learn about his partner from Julio Segura?

3. What happens to Dave after he has been given the cocktail?

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

5. What does Didi Gee suggest the dead girl was doing before being killed?

6. What clues make Dave suspicious of the Cataouatche Parish sheriff?

7. What piece of advice does Dave recall from his father in Chapter Seven?

8. When and how does the reader first find out about Dave's time in Vietnam?

9. Discuss Cletus' marital problems.

10. What does Dave do to convince Annie Ballard that he is a New Orleans's cop?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Due to the nature of the first person viewpoint, the reader knows what Dave thinks of his brother, Jimmie. What do you believe Jimmie thinks of and feels for his brother? Explain your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the incident in Chapter 10 in which Dave concludes that the evil of the Nazis "was held in check by the family who sacrificed their lives so their youngest member could live." What relevance does this tale have to the book?

Essay Topic 3

Write about the theme of good versus evil citing examples from this book.

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