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 story does Bill tell Ronny Lawton to keep him from acting rash?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Walter and his profession.

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prejudice is a recurring theme in The Keepers of Truth. In the beginning many people in the town think that Ronny Lawton is guilty.

Write an essay that explains who thinks that Ronny is guilty and what evidence is given to support this idea. Do the opinions of these characters change over the course of the book? Why or why not? In what other instances of the story is prejudice a factor? Use examples from the novel to make the point.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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