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. Why did Tom ask Catherine for a beer?

2. Why does Sally Boone call Catherine?

3. Who is Betty?

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

5. Who is Molly Perkins?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the change in Catherine's character in Chapter 11? Does her personality seem to change at all? Who notices?

2. What is the procedure at the crime scene as explained by Sheriff Galton?

3. Who does the body that Catherine discovers turn out to be and why is the sheriff disturbed at the discovery?

4. Who does Catherine receive a call from while she is on her lunch break on Tuesday? What does this person accuse Catherine of and what is her response?

5. What is Catherine's own idea of her present image in Lowfield and how does she feel about it?

6. Why does Catherine become suspicious of everyone in town in Chapter 10? What does this tell us about her at this point in the novel?

7. What is the exchange between Catherine and the sheriff like and how does Catherine feel about this?

8. What information does Betty Eakins give to Catherine that could possibly help Catherine solve the crime?

9. What is the place or position of the Perkins family in Lowfield? Who are they as citizens of the town?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Suspicion is an important element in a murder mystery, and it is definitely present in the novel, "Sweet and Deadly." Describe how suspicion is present in the novel. Who suspects Catherine of committing the crimes and why? Who does Catherine suspect (even minor suspicion) in the novel and why? How does this suspicion affect the characters and their relationships with one another?

Essay Topic 2

Symbols are commonly used in literature to represent an idea or feeling that the author chooses to be present in the novel. For example, in "Sweet and Deadly," a couple of the symbols used include the dun colored dog and the baseball bat used to commit the crimes. The dog can be seen as the symbol for the "circle of life" that Catherine and Randall talk about a few times and the baseball bat can identify the hostility of the killer. Use these symbols and provide other examples from the novel and answer the following questions. What do the symbols in the novel stand for? How? What do the symbols promote or convey to the reader in the novel? How does the author use the symbol to convey an idea and why does she use the symbol instead of simply stating her idea?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss some of the literary devices used in the novel including foreshadowing, metaphor, mood, imagery and others that are present in the novel "Sweet and Deadly." Provide examples of where these devices are used and how they impact the novel.

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