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

2. What is the first name of Ronny's manager?

3. What type of pills does Bill often take throughout the story?

4. How many children total does Ronny Lawton's estranged wife have?

5. How does Ronny Lawton feel about his brother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe what "Car Theft" is by Darlene's definition.

5. Why is Bill always leaving messages on his girlfriend's machine?

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

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

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

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

10. List some of the features offered at the Florida retirement community Sam contemplates in chapter 9.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ronny Lawton's father's body is never found. Bill knows it exists somewhere, and he can't ignore that fact.

Write an essay exploring Bill's ideas of extinction and evolution in the context of the story. How does he view the conclusion to the Ronny Lawton case? What do his ideas of extinction and evolution have to do with it? How does he tie these ideas in to the closing of the factories? Reference the novel to support your points.

Essay Topic 2

Bill has difficult psychological challenges to endure, especially in connection with women.

Write an essay that explains which women he focuses on, how he interacts with them, what they want from him, and why. Will any of these relationships last? Why or why not? Be sure the explain whether unrequited love and obsession factor into Bill's personality and what that tells the reader about Bill's character. Provide examples from the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

The letter Bill receives is a source of trouble in The Keepers of Truth. When people become suspicious that he had something to do with it, he does little to discredit their assumptions.

Write an essay that explains why Bill is so non responsive to people's opinions about him. Does he care what his colleagues or the town think of him? Which if any characters take his side in the situation? Reference the novel to support your argument.

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