The Keepers of Truth Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Collins (Irish author)
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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. During what year of college does Bill receive psychiatric help?

2. What does Bill like to do for fun?

3. Ernie Tyler plays which sport?

4. What body part do they find at Ronny Lawton's house?

5. Who is having a bake off at the beginning of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Bill reacted right after his fathers death.

2. List three of the four big newspapers that pick up the Ronny Lawton story.

3. List the reasons Ed gives for his irritation with Bill over Darlene in chapter 10.

4. How did Bill feel about finding the possible murder weapon in Ronny Lawton's estranged wife's yard? What does he do with it?

5. List some of the signs that give evidence to Ed and his illness.

6. What are some of the questions Ronny's estranged wife asks Bill when she calls him in chapter 10?

7. How does Ronny Lawton feel about the Vietnam War and Charlie? Explain.

8. How does Pete react when Bill presents him with the possible murder weapon? Why?

9. How does Ronny Lawton's estranged wife know Darlene?

10. Who does Darlene consider to be her "children" since she has none of her own?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prejudice is a recurring theme in The Keepers of Truth. In the beginning many people in the town think that Ronny Lawton is guilty.

Write an essay that explains who thinks that Ronny is guilty and what evidence is given to support this idea. Do the opinions of these characters change over the course of the book? Why or why not? In what other instances of the story is prejudice a factor? Use examples from the novel to make the point.

Essay Topic 2

The gardening shears play an important role in the psychological part of the story. The idea of their presence haunts Bill continuously after he buries them in his backyard.

Write an essay that explores the ideas of paranoia and psychological insecurity. What is Bill constantly afraid of when it comes to the shears? Who knows about them and what could happen if they are found? Do the shears have any impact on the conclusion of the story? Reference the novel to support your point.

Essay Topic 3

When Bill, Ed, and Sam agree to go out to the hurricane bunker together they do it for their own motives. The excitement they feel is only temporary. Their feelings change once they realize the seriousness of the situation.

Write an essay that explains why the men wanted to go to the bunker without notifying the authorities. Were their reasons selfish? How did going into the bunker effect the investigation? How did going into the bunker effect the characters? Reference the novel to support your argument.

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