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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 is the man supposedly located at this time?

2. Who is Luigi's employer?

3. Where does the exchange take place?

4. What is Joel's former occupation?

5. What is the man's occupation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Susan Penn? What is her role in the story? What information does she give to the President?

2. How does Backman manage to contact Neal now that the smartphone has been stolen? What is Backman's main concern regarding the theft?

3. Explain Backman's opinion of the first day in Bologna. What does he do?

4. Discuss the scene at Francesca's apartment. Who is there? Who is noticeably absent from the scene?

5. Backman goes to the Pentagon to meet with Major Roland. Discuss the meeting and the information delivered by Backman.

6. What is Backman's plan after he leaves Milan?

7. What incident happens that results in an injury to Francesca? What does Backman do to help?

8. What is the next morning's news regarding Backman's release? What is Carl Pratt's opinion?

9. How is the Critz situation handled?

10. Why does Maynard want Morgan to pardon Joel Backman? Who is Joel Backman?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One way in which Backman was violated was through the treatment in prison. Discuss Backman's prison experience? Why was Backman in solitary confinement? How long did that last? Where is the Rudley Federal Correction Facility? Who knows where Backman is imprisoned? What types of coercion does Teddy Maynard employ to try to get Backman to confess? Does it work? What is the state of Backman's physical and mental health? Is there any way to improve either? Explain. Also explain how Backman's treatment at Rudley is a clear violation of the man's civil rights.

Essay Topic 2

Francesca Ferro is in a vulnerable state when she meets Joel Backman aka Marco Lazzeri. Discuss Francesca's situation. What is Backman's complaint about Francesca? What does Backman learn from Luigi? What is the relationship between Francesca and Backman? What is Francesca's home situation? How does Francesca's mother react when Backman carries Francesca into the apartment? Why is there tension between Francesca and Giovanni? What do you think will happen with Francesca and Backman?

Essay Topic 3

The government chooses to send Backman to Treviso as part of the deal. Why Treviso? Why Italy? What are Backman's thoughts? What are Backman's preferred locations? What must Backman do to prepare for the trip? Why does Backman have to learn to speak Italian? Wouldn't it be easier to go to an English speaking region or country? Describe in detail Backman's safe houses in Italy and how he is able to adapt to the surroundings. Also discuss Backman's struggles to learn the language and Luigi's efforts to help Backman acclimate to the new environment.

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