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. What weapon was used to kill Leona Gaites?

2. Who is Catherine?

3. Who is the receptionist at the Lowfield Gazette interested in?

4. Which of the following does NOT describe Randall Gerrard?

5. What day of the week is it when Catherine wakes up the morning after finding the dead body?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Catherine and Randall's relationship like prior to the incident of Catherine discovering Leona Gaites' body? Why does the relationship head in a different directions afterward?

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

3. Who does Randall fear that Leona may have blackmailed and why? How would Leona have gotten this information?

4. What does Catherine decide to do after making her discovery in the tenant house? Does her emotional state deter her?

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

6. The morning after she finds Leona's body, how does Catherine feel when she firsts wakes up? How does this change? Can you explain the reasons for Catherine's feelings?

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

8. Why doesn't Catherine stop at either of the two houses on the dirt road to ask for help?

9. 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.

10. 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?

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

In the small town of Lowfield, it seems that everyone knows each other. Discuss Catherine's relationship with other more prevalent characters in the novel and how her relationships affect the development of the novel and perhaps even Catherine herself. Talk about Catherine's relationships with Sheriff Galton, Randall Gerrard, and Tom Mascalco. Include examples from the book to support your opinions.

Essay Topic 3

At points in the novel, the author uses imagery to conjure up a feeling or mood in the novel or to create suspense or suspicion. Discuss the imagery used in "Sweet and Deadly." Provide examples of places in the novel where the author employs imagery to display a mood and where the author uses the imagery to create suspense. Also, try to find other places in the novel where the author uses vivid or descriptive imagery and explain what this imagery conveys to the reader. In short, how does the imagery used by the author affect the novel?

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