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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 is the name of Ronny Lawton's child?
2. What type of program do they have for the elderly at the retirement home Sam is contemplating in chapter 9?
3. Who is Diane?
4. What is the name of Bill's family's dog?
5. What is "Car Theft?"
Short Essay Questions
1. List some of the animals Bill used to visit at the zoo as a child.
2. Describe what Ronny Lawton's bedroom looks like.
3. Describe the insane scene at Denny's with the teenagers and Ronny.
4. List the reasons why Ronny Lawton does not want to lose what he has in life at this moment.
5. List some of the physical traits the waitresses at Denny's have.
6. List some of the features offered at the Florida retirement community Sam contemplates in chapter 9.
7. Describe the process Ronny Lawton went through to report his father missing.
8. Who is Gretchen? Describe her.
9. Who does Darlene consider to be her "children" since she has none of her own?
10. What did Ronny Lawton do for his mother when his father refused to take her to the doctor?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Failing to get into law school had a great impact on Bill's life after college. He feels that he has failed in some aspect of his life because of this.
Write an essay that explains his motives behind studying for the LSAT test again. How does he use studying as an excuse to escape the real life responsibilities he has? By the end of the story does studying for the LSAT test have any result that impacts his life? Reference the novel to support your argument.
Essay Topic 2
When Ronny Lawton takes Teri and Lucas hostage he does it after coming back into town and killing Karl. Up until this point there is no concrete proof that Ronny is guilty of anything.
Write an essay explaining why Ronny Lawton takes such drastic actions after coming back into town. What has driven him to this point? Does him killing Karl and taking hostages prove anything about his innocence in other matters? Why or why not? Use examples from the novel to support your argument.
Essay Topic 3
Ronny Lawton's disposition went through a radical change the night he was beaten by his father for taking his mother out. Before that night he worked hard to provide the things his father could not.
Write an essay that explains the changes Ronny went through. How do these changes impact Ronny's character as the story goes forward? By the end, is any semblance of his old personality evident or has he changed forever? Why or why not? Reference the novel to support your argument.
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