The Life We Bury Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Allen Eskens
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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 name does Crystal call Carl in her diary?

2. Who is with Joe's mother when she finally arrives back home after the smoke alarm was set off?

3. What stage cancer does Carl have?

4. What did Grandpa Bill warn Joe not to leave on the bottom of the boat?

5. Why does Joe open the file labeled 'autopsy photos'?

Short Essay Questions

1. Virgil accuses Joe of using Carl. Is this true?

2. Why does Jeremy look to the corners of the room when Joe is talking to him?

3. Why did Joe step into a bar for the first time when he was ten years old?

4. Why is Carl's request for a speedy trial something that his defense considered unusual?

5. Why does Crystal refer to Carl as "Creepy Carl" in her diary?

6. What is the purpose of Carl's "dying declaration"?

7. Joe's mother is arrested and calls Joe for help. Joe speaks to the arresting officer, but he is not concerned about his mother. What is Joe's main concern when his mother is arrested?

8. How does Joe resolve his guilt of leaving Jeremy with his mother and Larry?

9. How does the short document about Carl's war service conflict with his crime?

10. What does Carl require from Joe if he is going to allow him to know and write his life story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the following quote from Chapter 8 using evidence from the text: "But deep down, I knew the truth: I needed her - not as a son needs a mother, but as a sinner needs the devil" (61). Who does this quote belong to and who is it about? Why is this analogy appropriate?

Essay Topic 2

Each time Joe is presented with a threatening male figure his first instinct is to use violence to express his anger, yet when he is confronted by both Doug and Danny he is unable to defend himself. Why might the author have written the character of Joe in this way? What does Joe's ability to fight say about him? In what circumstances does he usually resort to violence? Why is it that when it comes to defending himself, as opposed to someone else, he is not able to do it?

Essay Topic 3

Lila Nash comes to Joe Talbert's house one night for a spaghetti dinner. While she is there they argue about Carl Iverson and if he will tell the truth to Joe when it comes to Crystal Hagen's murder. Lila seems intent on arguing with everything Joe says. How is their argument about Carl a metaphor for their relationship at the moment? How does Lila try to stop Joe from wanting to get to know her? Does it work? Why or why not?

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