Plain Truth 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 Ellie cross examines Lizzie, what does she argue about the footprint found near the baby's body?

2. Why does Katie continue to insist she doesn't know how the baby died?

3. Who arranged to be a witness at trial?

4. What goes against the essence of the Amish faith?

5. What infection did the pathologist believe Katie had contracted?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Katie's lies feel like betrayal to Ellie?

2. What was Katie's reaction to the plea bargain?

3. In Chapter 10, when Stephen arrives at the Fisher farm, what does Ellie tell him after dinner?

4. What does Coop suggest when Ellie goes to him as a sounding board for a new defense strategy in Chapters 11-12?

5. What does Katie say about the baby's death when she takes the stand?

6. Why does Ellie argue with Coop about at his apartment in Chapter 9?

7. In Chapter 10, when Jacob returns to the farm again, what does he say and what is his father's response?

8. What is Sarah's reaction on the morning of the trial's opening?

9. Why did the pathologist's testimony send the prosecutor into a tailspin?

10. What does Katie's reaction to Adam in the courtroom suggest to the jury?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Katie felt pulled in two directions by men in her life, Samuel and Adam. Which did Katie eventually choose, if either, and why? Why might outside factors, such as family, influenced Katie's decision? What do these two men represent in Katie's life?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, the author creates examples of the opposite nature of the English and Amish worlds. Pick three examples from the book of when these opposites are pronounced. Are English and Amish characters involved? Where does the example take place? What impact does the example have on the overall story? What do you think the author is trying to show?

Essay Topic 3

There are at least two instances where a bann is brought up in Plain Truth. Discuss the role of the bann in the story, and why the author might have used it. Which characters were directly and indirectly affected by the bann? Why? What does this say about the affected characters?

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