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's mother demand when she finds out she is pregnant?

2. What is the name of the tavern Bill, Ed, and Sam go to in chapter 9?

3. Who is Charlie?

4. Who is Sam?

5. What does Sam always say about his health?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bill say that "the written word is dead?"

2. How do Ed and Sam react when Bill shows them the letter he has deciphered?

3. Describe the process Ronny Lawton went through to report his father missing.

4. Describe Walter and his profession.

5. Describe Bill's mother.

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

7. Describe what Ronny Lawton's bedroom looks like.

8. How is Bill treated when he is taken in for questioning about Ronny Lawton's disappearance?

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

10. How does Linda Carter make Ronny Lawton seem in her television special?

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

Bill lets himself be taken hostage by Ronny Lawton. He does not struggle or try to escape when tied up. He even goes as far as to warn Ronny about the poisoned food the FBI gives him.

Write an essay explaining why Bill helps Ronny even though he is being held hostage by him. What are the reasons behind his actions? How does he feel about the situation as a whole? Is he angry, sad, annoyed, or something else? Reference the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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