The Dreams of Ada Test | Final Test - Hard

Bob Mayer
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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. According to Jim Moyer, what is carved into the belt of the man who looks much more familiar than Fontenot?

2. Who states, "Dick Tracy in disguise...I for one am going to sleep a lot easier knowing that Mr. Kerner is out there, solving crimes by taking pictures of people and pickups..."?

3. On Day 3 of the Ward / Fontenot trial, who is the first witness called to the stand?

4. According to Judge Jones, how much do the jurors get paid per day?

5. What is the 67th witness' profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the results of the interview Richard Kerner has with Melvin Harden in Chapter 11.

2. Why is the kidnapping of 29-year-old Linda Thompson important to the Denice Haraway case?

3. On Day 3 of the trial, what two small victories are awarded to the defense?

4. In Chapter 10, why does Don Wyatt want "to keep the pot boiling" all summer before the trial begins?

5. Describe the opinion the attorneys have of Bud Wolf as described at the beginning of Chapter 13.

6. Describe Miz Ward's attitude during the rehearsal cross-examination at Don Wyatt's law office in Chapter 12.

7. Discuss the atmosphere developing on both sides of the Haraway case as detailed at the beginning of Chapter 11.

8. Describe the procedure used in selecting the jury in the Haraway case as detailed by Judge Donald Powers in Chapter 12.

9. Describe the reaction of spectators at the trial after listening to Tommy Ward's taped statement as related at the end of Chapter 14.

10. Describe the dream Tommy Ward had in prison at the end of Chapter 19.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the disappearance in Chapter 1 reflects the central conflict in the novel and the difficulties that lie ahead.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the nature of the perception of reality and dreams as seen in The Dreams of Ada.

Essay Topic 3

What was author Robert Mayer's purpose in writing The Dreams of Ada? Was it to inform, entertain, or persuade the reader? In your opinion, does author Robert Mayer make an effort to seem completely unbiased? Or do you believe he is trying to promote a certain position in the story? Use at least three examples from the text to support your answer.

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