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 type of pills does Bill often take throughout the story?

2. Which music artist does Bill play for Ronny Lawton when he visits him at work?

3. At what time does Ronny Lawton go night fishing in chapter 2?

4. What does Sam always say about his health?

5. What do the men of town of days gone by do for fun on warm nights?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the questions Ronny is asked during his lie detector test?

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

4. How does the author tie together the conclusion of Ronny Lawton's father's case and the factories in town?

5. Describe one of the ways Bill's grandfather used to make money off of ice.

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

7. Why does Sam get angry at Bill over his Rocky commentary piece he presents him with?

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

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

10. How does Lucas get treated when he misbehaves in chapter 10? What does he do wrong?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Darlene is a character that we learn about mostly through other characters. She is portrayed as both confidant and possible villain.

Write an essay exploring what Darlene's true personality is. Is she someone to be trusted? Why or why not? What actions does she take that make her seem one way or another? How does her character impact events throughout the book? Use examples from the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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