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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 gives Montgomery a feeling of grief as he stands in his mother's kitchen?
2. What is ironic about Montgomery's engagement and marriage to his wife?
3. What is his mother's business venture since his father's death?
4. Where does the taxi driver take Montgomery when he leaves Whitewater?
5. What did Montgomery get every time he went to Dun Laoghaire as a child?
Short Essay Questions
1. Montgomery says that words are a luxury. Considering his current situation, how is this an example of foreshadowing?
2. Montgomery's counsel forces him to say that he wanted to kill his father so he could marry his mother. Montgomery claims this isn't true. Why would his counsel force him to tell this lie?
3. Why is Montgomery's recount of his mother's funeral ironic?
4. Explain the symbolism of Montgomery's recurring dreams about his father.
5. The stable hand, Joanne, is very kind to his mother. This makes Montgomery very uncomfortable. Why would Montgomery be uncomfortable with the stable hand's kindness?
6. 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?
7. Why would it be in Montgomery's benefit to keep information on Randolph to blackmail him?
8. 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?
9. Why does Montgomery feel it's necessary to share his dreams with the court?
10. Why does the author switch back and forth from past to present?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
The climax is the turning point of the story. What event in the novel is the climax? Why is this the climax? How does the ending reflect the climax?
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