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 is the other possible father of Ronny's estranged wife's kid?

2. For how many hours does Bill sleep at the beginning of chapter 10?

3. Why does Ronny's estranged spank her son in chapter 11?

4. Who is taken hostage in chapter 15?

5. To where does Bill drive himself, Ronny's estranged, and her kid in chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the puzzle that is left for Bill on his doorstep.

8. Describe Walter and his profession.

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

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

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 2

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 3

The letter Bill receives is a source of trouble in The Keepers of Truth. When people become suspicious that he had something to do with it, he does little to discredit their assumptions.

Write an essay that explains why Bill is so non responsive to people's opinions about him. Does he care what his colleagues or the town think of him? Which if any characters take his side in the situation? Reference the novel to support your argument.

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