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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 does Montgomery compare his life to Charlie's?
2. What is Montgomery afraid to do after he finds blood on his fingers?
3. What does Montgomery do after tossing out his breakfast when Charlie leaves?
4. On the morning he is captured, what does Montgomery fantasize about?
5. How does Montgomery feel about this situation with the stolen painting and a hostage?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the most important thing to Montgomery while he is in jail and why?
2. As the maid fights back at Montgomery after he shoves her in the car, he says he sees her as a "cornered heroine in a melodrama." Do you think this is an appropriate description of his victim?
3. How is Montgomery's recurring dream of being falsely accused of murder an example of foreshadowing for the situation he finds himself in at the current time?
4. Montgomery talks about his victim after reading the newspapers, yet he doesn't voice any opinion about her. However, Montgomery does voice his opinion on what was said or not said about himself. What does this tell the reader about Montgomery?
5. As Charlie cooks breakfast, Montgomery says he feels a "weepy regard" for Charlie. Why would he feel this way?
6. What do the mites Montgomery says are living on his skin symbolize?
7. When Montgomery's mother's will is read, Montgomery is shocked to find out he is disinherited. At first he thinks it's because of the most recent fight they had but later finds out his mother disinherited him years prior. Why did his mother do this?
8. Charlie was a dear friend of Montgomery's parents and tells Montgomery of his mother when she was younger. Charlie says that many men adored Montgomery's mother and she was a loved by all except her husband. Why would Charlie tell Montgomery this?
9. Why does Montgomery take the time to pay attention to the details of his victim's face before hitting her with the hammer?
10. The lawyers on both sides of Montgomery's case want to plead the case out. Montgomery believes this is to protect Charlie French and Max Molyneaux and is against the idea. Why wouldn't Montgomery want to protect these two men?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Foreshadowing is an effective tool used by the writer. Montgomery foreshadows his crime and punishment in several areas of the novel. What are some examples of foreshadowing in the novel? How is foreshadowing effectively used in the story?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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