The Keepers of Truth Test | Final 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. Who calls Bill at the beginning of chapter 14 and wants him to come in for questioning?

2. What arcade game is being played at the end of Chapter 18?

3. Why does Ronny's estranged think that he will come after her?

4. Who else knows about Ronny's estranged wife's rape?

5. What liquid does Ronny's estranged mix into her food in chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship like between Bill, Sam, and Ed by chapter 12? How do they treat each other?

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

3. Describe how Bill reacts after finding Ronny Lawton's father's head in the bunker.

4. How does Bill feel about his unfolding destiny by the end of the story?

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

6. What things do Bill, Ronny, and the hostages do during the stand off?

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

8. How has Bill and Pete's relationship changed by chapter 13?

9. How does Bill and Ronny Lawton's relationship change from the beginning of the story up to the hostage situation?

10. List some of the items Bill gets before heading over to Ronny Lawton's estranged wife's place in chapter 11.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After escaping from Ronny Lawton's house Bill takes Teri and Lucas to his cottage. Bill loves how isolated the cottage is from the outside world. He reflects upon the memories he and his father had there.

Write an essay exploring Bill's feelings about the cabin and how they tie in to the memories of his father. What activities did he and his father do while staying at the cabin? What sort of food did they eat? How did Bill feel when his father left him alone days at a time while they were there? Reference the novel to support your points.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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