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. How did the Murphys know how much the Gordons paid in rent?

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

3. On what date does John tell Emma his divorce becomes final?

4. Why does Beth suspect Stevens?

5. What is the name of the boat Tobin has taken out to see in Chapter 33?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does John and Beth suppose that Tobin planned to do with the skeleton they found in his cellar?

2. After the Gordons' bodies were examined, what were some clues that they were doing something manual before their deaths?

3. Describe the appearance of Fredric Tobin.

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

5. When John attempts to kiss Beth in Chapter 15, how does she respond?

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

7. What information does the letter from the Gordons contain in Chapter 37?

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

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

10. Describe the appearance of Edgar Murphy.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Plum Island, John Corey serves as an archetypal hero character. Using specific examples from the text, identify how DeMille connotes the Hero archetype. Is it an effective connotation? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of setting within Plum Island. Make sure to discuss at least three different settings and how the descriptions of those settings are integral in the development of the themes and characters.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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