The Book of Evidence 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. Where does Montgomery attend school and meet his wife?

2. Montgomery makes a side comment to the court expressing his surprise in something. What is he surprised about?

3. What does Montgomery buy at the hardware shop?

4. What does Montgomery do when he first sees Charlie French that surprises himself?

5. What does Dorothy claim her relationship with the stable hand is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think the fight between Montgomery and his mother was solely based on the selling of the paintings?

2. Explain the symbolism of Montgomery's recurring dreams about his father.

3. What is the irony about Montgomery meeting his wife through Anna Behrens?

4. The author goes into detail when he describes Dublin after ten years. Why does he do this?

5. A car bomb explodes while Anna Behrens is leaving the hospital with her father. What is the symbolism of the car bomb?

6. What would be Montgomery's reasoning for introducing his alter ego, Billy Bunter, to the jury?

7. Montgomery says that words are a luxury. Considering his current situation, how is this an example of foreshadowing?

8. The reader is introduced to Montgomery's counsel. Montgomery likes him because of his fierceness in the courtroom. Why would he like someone for this characteristic?

9. Why would it be in Montgomery's benefit to keep information on Randolph to blackmail him?

10. Mr. Behrens says the paintings he bought from Montgomery's mother were "not suited to be at Whitewater." How is this statement ironic to Montgomery's sense of reality?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses flashbacks to tell the story of Montgomery. Why does the author use this method of storytelling? Are the flashbacks effective in telling the story of Montgomery's crime? Why are they effective?

Essay Topic 2

A setting is an important part of a novel. Many times the setting sets the mood of the story. What is the setting of "The Book of Evidence"? How does the setting develop the mood of the novel? What is the mood of the novel? Why is the mood an important part of the plot?

Essay Topic 3

Create a character sketch of Montgomery. What makes his mind work? How does he view himself? How do others view him? What is important to him?

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