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 sandwich does Sam like to cook in his toaster oven?

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

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

4. Who is Linda Carter?

5. How long ago did Ronny's mother die?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ronny react when Bill shows up and plays music at his work?

2. Describe Ronny Lawton's estranged wife.

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the phenomenon that is Linda Carter.

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

9. Who is Gretchen? Describe her.

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

When Ronny Lawton takes Teri and Lucas hostage he does it after coming back into town and killing Karl. Up until this point there is no concrete proof that Ronny is guilty of anything.

Write an essay explaining why Ronny Lawton takes such drastic actions after coming back into town. What has driven him to this point? Does him killing Karl and taking hostages prove anything about his innocence in other matters? Why or why not? Use examples from the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Retirement and death are reoccurring themes in The Keepers of Truth. Ed and Sam are both older men who see themselves retiring in the near future. What goes unsaid between them is how death is an inevitability that is always lurking nearby.

Write an essay exploring the ideas of retirement and death as seen through the eyes of Ed and Sam. What do these men think about it? Do they fear becoming old, useless, and forgotten? How do their feelings impact their characters throughout the story? Reference the novel to support your opinions.

Essay Topic 3

Bill feels a great sense of freedom after he, Teri, and Lucas leave the cottage in the woods. For the first time in a long time there is some semblance of peace in his mind.

Write an essay exploring how Bill feels about his new found sense of release. What is his lookout on the future? Is he happy, scared, excited, or something else? What is he going to do now that he is free from the shadow of his mansion and past? Who is he taking with him? Reference the novel to support your opinions.

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