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. Does Bill think Ronny Lawton killed his father by the end of chapter 13?

3. What crime is Bill accused of in chapter 14?

4. Who does Bill compare Ronny's estranged wife and her boyfriend to when he sees them together outside of their place?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Walter and his profession.

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

5. Describe what Ronny's estranged wife's boyfriend is like.

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In the beginning of the story Bill reflects upon how the town has changed over time. He thinks that the morality of society along with the economy has suffered.

Write an essay that addresses Bill's view of these changes. What things does Bill think have suffered in the town? What major changes did the town go through and why? Were the people who live in the town impacted? Be sure to state whether Bill's opinions are too lenient, too harsh, or something else. Reference the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

When Bill confronts Ronny Lawton at Denny's after finding his father's head Ronny acts submissive. When he chooses to flee Bill does not stop him.

Write an essay explaining the reasons Bill lets Ronny go without contest. Why is Ronny running in the first place? What does Bill think of Ronny by this point? What made him think this way? Use examples from the novel to support your opinions.

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