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 level of sophistication is Bill supposed to write for?

2. What type of snake is Paul?

3. What is the name of Ronny Lawton's estranged wife?

4. Where does Bill work?

5. What demand does Ronny Lawton make of his manager?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Bill's mother.

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

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

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

6. Describe Ronny Lawton's estranged wife.

7. Describe the phenomenon that is Linda Carter.

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. 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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Bill lets himself be taken hostage by Ronny Lawton. He does not struggle or try to escape when tied up. He even goes as far as to warn Ronny about the poisoned food the FBI gives him.

Write an essay explaining why Bill helps Ronny even though he is being held hostage by him. What are the reasons behind his actions? How does he feel about the situation as a whole? Is he angry, sad, annoyed, or something else? Reference the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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