Season of the Machete Test | Mid-Book 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 does Peter realize something is wrong?

2. Who does Peter MacDonald accuse of having knowledge of the murders?

3. Who arrives to interrogate witnesses?

4. What is Max's dog's name?

5. Who does Tommie Hicks go to for the permission he seeks?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the U.S. government want to get rid of the Roses?

2. How proficient is Peter with a gun?

3. Why does Peter pick up speed when he sees Damian, and what is the apparent consequence?

4. How does Carrie Rose portray her affair with Phillip Loyd Becker?

5. Why do the Roses sell guns to Dred?

6. How does Carrie Rose portray her diary when she tries to sell it?

7. Describe Peter MacDonald

8. What information does Carrie Rose give about Damian Rose's family?

9. Describe the meeting in Lathrop Wells, Nevada.

10. Why does Damian leave Carrie in the water with the guns while he makes the deal with Dred?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters in the novel become embroiled in a violent, ruthless scheme, and all the factions think that they can control what is happening. None of the villains believe that they will get caught or killed. What leads to this feeling of invincibility and self-trust for individuals? What leads to a sense of invincibility for representatives of authority, like the U.S. government? What is the result when a character is ruthless and also believes he or she is invincible, so that both internal and external motivation for obeying law are removed?

Essay Topic 2

The machete is an important element in the novels, marking the series of murders. Why is the machete chosen as a tool by the Roses? Why does the author choose to use machetes? What cultural significance does the machete have on the island? What meaning does the machete take on during the murders?

Essay Topic 3

Peter is caught up in Damian Rose's scheme and becomes pitted against Damian as an adversary. In some ways, they are literary foils. For example, Peter is caught by the police when he tries to hire a boat, while Damian kills a boat owner when he wants a boat, leaving no one to turn him in. Compare Peter MacDonald and Damian Rose. What are their world views and motivations? What are their strengths and weaknesses? Is Peter entirely a hero? Is Damian entirely a villain?

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