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 food item does Bill bring to his dinner with Ed?

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

3. How does Bill's father die?

4. What frightening thing is found in the black box buried in Ronny Lawton's cellar?

5. What does Sam Perkins want Bill to do in the beginning of chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the final few hours of Bill's father's life.

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

5. Describe the insane scene at Denny's with the teenagers and Ronny.

6. List some of the animals Bill used to visit at the zoo as a child.

7. Who is Gretchen? Describe her.

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

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

10. Why is Sam always in a state of panic over the paper?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Bill has very strong feelings about his family history. He does not hide any detail when he recalls the series of events that lead up to his father's death.

Judging by Bill's past psychiatric history, and that of his family, is it possible that he may come to an end similar to that of his father? Write an essay that explains the answer to this question and how it contributes to the novel. Does it contribute to the plot, character, foreshadowing, or something else? What evidence in the book is given to support or negate this assumption? Reference the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Teri is a source of continued distraction for Bill. He knows he shouldn't want to be around her, she is only interested in his money. Yet he never stops wanting to be near her.

Write an essay exploring the dynamic of Bill and Teri's relationship. Does Bill really think that Teri will stay with him? Does he even care if she does not? What does Teri want to get from Bill? Is their relationship one that will last long term? Why or why not? Reference the novel to support your argument.

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