Plum Island Test | Final Test - Hard

Nelson Demille
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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 does John tell Tobin his last name is, in Chapter 16?

2. When they finally get the boat under control in Chapter 33, what problem do they notice next?

3. After John knocks Stevens out a second time in Chapter 27, what does he do to him?

4. According to Beth, how fast does the wind have to be for a storm to be classified as a hurricane?

5. What is the name John comes up with, should he ever decide to start making potato vodka?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Fredric Tobin's winery that John visits in Chapter 16.

2. What convinces John that Stevens is part of the plot to assassinate the Gordons?

3. Describe the appearance of Emma Whitestone.

4. What does Emma claim that Tobin told her about the Gordons?

5. What does John learn from the library about the buried treasure in Chapter 20?

6. While he is out to dinner with Emma, what does John spend the evening contemplating?

7. What dangers do John and Beth face out at sea in Chapter 34?

8. What reason does Emma give for her short relationship with Tobin?

9. Why has Beth come to visit John in Chapter 24?

10. When Beth and John do a quick inventory of wounds in Chapter 35, what wounds have they both sustained?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout Plum Island, DeMille uses imagery as a metaphor for the plot and character development. Give three specific examples of these metaphors and how they relate specific actions in the plot and/or character development. Discuss why or why not they are effective as literary tools augmenting the general action.

Essay Topic 2

In the preface, DeMille quote Benjamin Franklin, "Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead." Later in the novel, Beth also quotes this line. Discuss how this quote is a metaphor for the novel using specific textual evidence.

Essay Topic 3

In Plum Island, a lot of focus is given to the issues of right versus wrong. Using specific characters and situations, discuss how DeMille highlights this dichotomy and specifically how the idea of right versus wrong relates to legal versus illegal.

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