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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. Who is Bill?
2. What does Bill call Pete in chapter 5 after the incident with the teenagers?
3. What have the attractions in town been replaced with?
4. How many years have passed since the death of Bill's father?
5. What tool does Bill find at Ronny Lawton's estranged wife's place?
Short Essay Questions
1. List some of the animals Bill used to visit at the zoo as a child.
2. Why is Bill so cynical about doing articles about things like bake offs?
3. What are some of the questions Ronny's estranged wife asks Bill when she calls him in chapter 10?
4. List the reasons why Ronny Lawton does not want to lose what he has in life at this moment.
5. How does Ronny Lawton feel about the Vietnam War and Charlie? Explain.
6. Describe Bill's mother.
7. Why does the town collectively feel that Ronny Lawton killed his father for sure?
8. Who is Gretchen? Describe her.
9. What are some of the questions Ronny is asked during his lie detector test?
10. List some of the negative ways Ronny Lawton's estranged treats her child.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the beginning of the story Bill reflects upon how the town has changed over time. He thinks that the morality of society along with the economy has suffered.
Write an essay that addresses Bill's view of these changes. What things does Bill think have suffered in the town? What major changes did the town go through and why? Were the people who live in the town impacted? Be sure to state whether Bill's opinions are too lenient, too harsh, or something else. Reference the novel to support your argument.
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
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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