Season of the Machete 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. How do Fletcher and Devereaux enter the fifth floor of the hotel?

2. Who do the authorities search the island for?

3. Where does the Grasshopper go?

4. Where does Jane begin the day of May 7?

5. What is Damian Rose disguised as while he waits at Tryall during the pursuit of Duane Nicholson?

Short Essay Questions

1. What list does Harold Hill make when he comes to Coastown?

2. Describe Peter and Jane's attitude toward going to Washington.

3. Describe the scene outside the church where Jane Cooke's funeral is held.

4. What does Carrie tell Clive Lawson that his job is?

5. Does Duane Nicholson know he's being followed when he leaves the Forenza residence?

6. How is Jane killed?

7. What is Betsy Porte-Smith's role in Carrie's scheme?

8. Why does Carrie Rose think she can get away with publishing an account of the murders?

9. What deal does Peter make with the priest at the funeral?

10. Does the mafia get what it wants out of the deal with the Roses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Why is the fictional island of San Dominica chosen as the setting for this novel? Why would the U.S. government and the mafia be interested in this area? What historical events make a small Caribbean island like this a good location for the political plot of the novel? How is the history of this area drawn on for the plot?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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