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 is "Car Theft?"

2. What tool does Bill find at Ronny Lawton's estranged wife's place?

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

4. What does Sam Perkins want Bill to do in the beginning of chapter 2?

5. How old is Ronny's son?

Short Essay Questions

1. List four of Bill's "tools of the trade" he has on his desk.

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

3. How did Bill feel about finding the possible murder weapon in Ronny Lawton's estranged wife's yard? What does he do with it?

4. How does Pete react when Bill presents him with the possible murder weapon? Why?

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

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

7. How does Ronny Lawton's estranged wife know Darlene?

8. List some of the animals Bill used to visit at the zoo as a child.

9. List some of the physical traits the waitresses at Denny's have.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Sam meets an end that is both tragic and pitiful. He never gets to live the retired life he dreamed of. His death occurs suddenly and without provocation.

Write an essay explaining why Sam chose to die as he did. What events in the book foreshadow his death? What actions were taken by Sam that might have seemed suspicious? Did Bill and Ed see Sam as someone who was suicidal? Reference the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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