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 did Montgomery get every time he went to Dun Laoghaire as a child?

2. Montgomery comes back into the present to tell the courts about where he had gone that day. Where did he go?

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

4. What does Montgomery consider asking Charlie for?

5. Who does Montgomery meet when he goes outside after his tour of the house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. Why is Montgomery's recount of his mother's funeral ironic?

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

7. Why are the details of Montgomery's engagement and marriage to Daphne important?

8. Why does Montgomery feel the need to describe his mother as "statuesque"?

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

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

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

Guilt is another theme to the novel. There are times where Montgomery feels guilt and other times when he places it on others. Discuss some examples when Montgomery feels guilt for his crimes. Why does he feel guilty sometimes and then not at others? What does Montgomery's lack of guilt say about him as a character?

Essay Topic 3

Family is a recurring topic in the novel. How does Montgomery feel about family? What are his feelings towards his parents, wife and son? Does Montgomery feel any remorse for the family of the girl he killed? Why does Montgomery feel this way towards the concept of family? How is this important to the story?

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