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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What story is Tom busy writing when Catherine arrives at the Gazette the Monday after her discovery?
2. What does Martin Barnes tell Catherine surprised him recently?
3. Who is watching out the window when Catherine arrives at work Tuesday morning?
4. Who comes to visit Catherine on Wednesday after work?
5. What does the note left on Catherine's doorstep with the brownies say?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
Explore the character of Carl Perkins. How does this character present himself in the novel? What clues can Catherine look back on concerning her interactions with Carl to determine that he is in fact the murderer? Discuss Carl Perkins' motives for committing the murders. Would you say that Carl is the typical culprit in a murder mystery?
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