Sweet and Deadly 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. Who is the author of "Sweet and Deadly?"

2. Why did Catherine feel obligated to be kind to the new doctor in Lowfield?

3. What is the name of the librarian?

4. What is the name of the deputy whose job it is to take pictures of the scene?

5. What conclusion did the coroner's jury come to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do we learn about the death of Catherine's parents in Chapter 4? How does it connect with Leona Gaites?

2. How does Catherine know that Tom is in trouble in Chapter 11?

3. The reader is introduced to Tom Mascalco in the previous chapter but more is revealed about him in Chapter 6. Describe Tom Mascalco and his relationship with Catherine.

4. Why do people feel so comfortable confiding their secrets to Catherine? How does Catherine feel about the secrets of the town and being the one they are told to?

5. Is Sheriff Galton suspicious of Catherine? Why would he be suspicious of her? What is his advice for her?

6. From the descriptions in Chapter 1, describe where this novel is taking place.

7. Why is Catherine momentarily suspicious of Randall when she is in his office the day after Tom's murder?

8. What does Catherine tell Randall that she wants for her parents? What does this say about her part in the novel?

9. How is the relationship of Catherine and Randall advanced by the dramatic situation they find themselves in after Leona's and then Tom's death?

10. What is the exchange between Percy Eakins and Catherine like at the sheriff's office as he takes her statement? Who does Percy turn out to be and how does this affect Catherine?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mystery novels can be used as tools for teachers to help their students learn important skills. A couple of those skills include deductive reasoning and critical thinking. Explain how a mystery novel teaches these skills using examples from the novel "Sweet and Deadly." What other skills can a student possibly learn through reading and analyzing a mystery novel? How do these skills help a student in other facets of their lives?

Essay Topic 2

The pace and structure of mystery novels, in most cases, are very similar. The novel has a structure that attempts to hold the reader in suspense, while the novel's pace is usually quick to promote that suspense. Are those same elements present in "Sweet and Deadly?" Describe the structure and pace of the novel using examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

This novel is largely told from the point of view of the main character, Catherine Linton. Because of this, we only learn about the other characters in the novel through her eyes. Describe why this is important to consider when thinking about what we know about the other characters in the novel. Do the treatments of the characters by the author mirror the opinions of Catherine Linton of those characters? Provide examples to support your answer. What effect would point of view changes have on the novel itself?

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