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. What happens in Montgomery's recurring dream about his father?

2. Who is Randolph?

3. What does Montgomery wonder about as he tells the court where he was?

4. Who does Montgomery meet while in the Mediterranean that he finds interesting?

5. Where does Montgomery wake up after a night of drinking?

Short Essay Questions

1. When thinking about first meeting Daphne, Montgomery says "Anna was the priestess in a ritual giving Daphne, the sacrificial offering, to him." Why does he say this?

2. Why do you think the people who Randolph borrowed money from to give to Montgomery cut off Randolph's ear?

3. Montgomery describes his old home as in disrepair and falling apart. At the same time, his mother tells him that he has gained weight. Why is it important that these two incidences are told together in Montgomery's story?

4. Montgomery goes into a fantasy about being by his father's side when he died when in fact he wasn't in the city. Why does Montgomery tell this story?

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

6. Why does the author have Montgomery tell the part about walking in on Joanne naked?

7. What is the relationship between Charlie French and Montgomery?

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. Montgomery describes his father and spends a lot time focusing on his mustache. Why does Montgomery do this?

10. Why does the author switch back and forth from past to present?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Montgomery has a fixation with women and there are several that play a huge role in his life. Compare and contrast Daphne, his mother, and Anna Behrens. How have they influenced Montgomery's life? What did they contribute to his crime? How does he feel about each woman?

Essay Topic 2

Montgomery is a very self-centered individual and this trait is a major theme of the novel. How does being self centered affect his case? How does this behavior affect others around Montgomery? Why is the idea of self-centeredness such a crucial theme in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

The title of the novel is "The Book of Evidence." Why is this an appropriate title to the novel? What is Montgomery's book of evidence?

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