Spencerville Test | Mid-Book 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 interrupts Cliff Baxter at the end of Chapter 4?

2. What has Billy Marlon become since the last time Keith Landry saw him?

3. What is Keith Landry thinking about as he drives around?

4. What does Keith Landry feel in Chapter 3, as he walks through the farmhouse?

5. What are Annie Baxter's thoughts about taking a lover?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the reunion between Jeffrey Porter and Keith Landry.

2. Describe Annie's departure from Keith Landry's house.

3. Describe Keith Landry's experience at the Landry family Labor Day gathering.

4. What was Keith Landry's relationship with Cliff Baxter in high school?

5. What is the role of infidelity in the Baxter household?

6. Describe the conflict that is being brewed as Keith Landry spends more time in Spencerville--and how it seems likely to be settled.

7. What is Keith Landry's relationship with Billy Marlon?

8. Describe the meeting between Annie and Keith Landry.

9. Describe the relationship between Annie and Cliff Baxter.

10. How does the narrator describe the Porters' way of life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Having just finished his work in the Cold War, Keith Landry returns home to find a new opposition with the brutal police chief. How much does this opposition prolong the Cold War Keith Landry had been part of fighting? Compare and contrast Cliff Baxter and the Soviet Union. Is Cliff Baxter a symbol of repressive regimes?

Essay Topic 2

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate your own reading of Spencerville--did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

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