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. How does Bill feel when he sees Darlene cuddling Gretchen like an infant?

2. What country is Bill's grandfather originally from?

3. Why does Ed get upset with Bill at the beginning of chapter 9?

4. Who is Diane?

5. How long ago did Ronny's mother die?

Short Essay Questions

1. List some of the physical traits the waitresses at Denny's have.

2. Describe Bill's mother.

3. List four of Bill's "tools of the trade" he has on his desk.

4. List some of the negative ways Ronny Lawton's estranged treats her child.

5. List the items Bill is instructed to bring to Ronny during the beginning of the hostage situation in chapter 15.

6. What is the relationship like between Bill, Sam, and Ed by chapter 12? How do they treat each other?

7. How is Bill treated when he is taken in for questioning about Ronny Lawton's disappearance?

8. Describe how Bill reacts after finding Ronny Lawton's father's head in the bunker.

9. How does Bill and Ronny Lawton's relationship change from the beginning of the story up to the hostage situation?

10. How does Bill feel when he goes to Darlene's shop and is confronted by the female driven world that she and her customers live in?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Sam meets an end that is both tragic and pitiful. He never gets to live the retired life he dreamed of. His death occurs suddenly and without provocation.

Write an essay explaining why Sam chose to die as he did. What events in the book foreshadow his death? What actions were taken by Sam that might have seemed suspicious? Did Bill and Ed see Sam as someone who was suicidal? Reference the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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