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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 body part do they find in the hurricane bunker?
2. Which well known news television program does Bill watch in chapter 13?
3. Who comes over to visit Bill at his house in chapter 10?
4. Who does Bill go to the coffee shop with in chapter 14?
5. What does the bumper sticker on Ronny's estranged wife's boyfriend's truck read?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Bill feel about his unfolding destiny by the end of the story?
2. Describe what Ronny's estranged wife's boyfriend is like.
3. 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?
4. How does Bill and Ronny Lawton's relationship change from the beginning of the story up to the hostage situation?
5. Describe the puzzle that is left for Bill on his doorstep.
6. Explain what Walter thinks of the Ronny Lawton situation.
7. Describe how Ronny Lawton's estranged wife's boyfriend met his end.
8. How did Bill feel after finding Sam dead in his home? Why?
9. How does Linda Carter make Ronny Lawton seem in her television special?
10. How does Bill react to the puzzle he finds once he has solved it? Explain.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Teri is a source of continued distraction for Bill. He knows he shouldn't want to be around her, she is only interested in his money. Yet he never stops wanting to be near her.
Write an essay exploring the dynamic of Bill and Teri's relationship. Does Bill really think that Teri will stay with him? Does he even care if she does not? What does Teri want to get from Bill? Is their relationship one that will last long term? Why or why not? Reference the novel to support your argument.
Essay Topic 2
Bill feels a great sense of freedom after he, Teri, and Lucas leave the cottage in the woods. For the first time in a long time there is some semblance of peace in his mind.
Write an essay exploring how Bill feels about his new found sense of release. What is his lookout on the future? Is he happy, scared, excited, or something else? What is he going to do now that he is free from the shadow of his mansion and past? Who is he taking with him? Reference the novel to support your opinions.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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