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

2. At what time does Bill arrive at Ronny Lawton's place in chapter 2?

3. Gretchen is the name of who?

4. How tall is Darlene?

5. What is the name of Bill's family's dog?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what Ronny's estranged wife's boyfriend is like.

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

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

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

5. Describe the secret place Bill takes Ronny Lawton's estranged and her son to after the hostage situation ends.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay 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 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

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.

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