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. What make of car does Bill own?

2. What type of program do they have for the elderly at the retirement home Sam is contemplating in chapter 9?

3. What does Bill do with the tool he finds at Ronny Lawton's estranged wife's place?

4. What attitude do the customer's at Ronny Lawton's work have toward him?

5. What age group seems to support Ronny Lawton the most?

Short Essay Questions

1. List the reasons why Ronny Lawton does not want to lose what he has in life at this moment.

2. Describe what Bill's town was like before all of the factories shut down.

3. Why is Bill so cynical about doing articles about things like bake offs?

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

5. Why does Bill say that "the written word is dead?"

6. Why does the town collectively feel that Ronny Lawton killed his father for sure?

7. Describe the process Ronny Lawton went through to report his father missing.

8. How does Ronny react when Bill shows up and plays music at his work?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Retirement and death are reoccurring themes in The Keepers of Truth. Ed and Sam are both older men who see themselves retiring in the near future. What goes unsaid between them is how death is an inevitability that is always lurking nearby.

Write an essay exploring the ideas of retirement and death as seen through the eyes of Ed and Sam. What do these men think about it? Do they fear becoming old, useless, and forgotten? How do their feelings impact their characters throughout the story? Reference the novel to support your opinions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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