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 does Bill go to see at the end of chapter 12?

2. Where does Bill go first after the hostage situation?

3. What type of vegetable grows in the fields where the fire burns?

4. What nickname does Bill give to Ronny's estranged wife's kid?

5. Who keeps calling on the phone during the hostage situation?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Bill feel after finding Sam dead in his home? Why?

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

3. Describe Walter and his profession.

4. How does Bill react to the puzzle he finds once he has solved it? Explain.

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

6. List the items Bill is instructed to bring to Ronny during the beginning of the hostage situation in chapter 15.

7. How does Bill feel when he goes to Darlene's shop and is confronted by the female driven world that she and her customers live in?

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

9. Describe how Ronny Lawton's estranged wife's boyfriend met his end.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The gardening shears play an important role in the psychological part of the story. The idea of their presence haunts Bill continuously after he buries them in his backyard.

Write an essay that explores the ideas of paranoia and psychological insecurity. What is Bill constantly afraid of when it comes to the shears? Who knows about them and what could happen if they are found? Do the shears have any impact on the conclusion of the story? Reference the novel to support your point.

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

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.

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