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

2. Which important test did Bill fail when he took it?

3. To what does Bill's grandfather change his name when he moves to the plains?

4. In which war did Ronny Lawton's brother die in?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. List some of the negative ways Ronny Lawton's estranged treats her child.

4. Describe Bill's mother.

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

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

7. Who is Gretchen? Describe her.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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