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. What color of rings does Walter wear?

2. Where is the fire that Ed takes pictures of for the paper in chapter 10?

3. What does Bill find waiting for him when he gets home from work in chapter 10?

4. Where does Bill go before work at the beginning of chapter 10?

5. What does the bumper sticker on Ronny's estranged wife's boyfriend's truck read?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. What offer does Ronny Lawton make to Bill over and over about his estranged wife? What is Bill's response?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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