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. Why does Ronny look extra muscular when Bill sees him in chapter 15?

2. What arcade game is being played at the end of Chapter 18?

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

4. Does Ronny let his hostages go?

5. Which well known news television program does Bill watch in chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. List some of the items Bill gets before heading over to Ronny Lawton's estranged wife's place in chapter 11.

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. How does Bill react to the puzzle he finds once he has solved it? Explain.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ronny Lawton's disposition went through a radical change the night he was beaten by his father for taking his mother out. Before that night he worked hard to provide the things his father could not.

Write an essay that explains the changes Ronny went through. How do these changes impact Ronny's character as the story goes forward? By the end, is any semblance of his old personality evident or has he changed forever? Why or why not? Reference the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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