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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following does John Wesley's mother tell him about his father?
(a) They would not be in this sad state if he were alive.
(b) He was a hard-working man.
(c) He was an honest man.
(d) All of these.

2. What does the orchard keeper get out of a chest?
(a) A rifle.
(b) A blanket.
(c) Shotgun shells.
(d) A deed.

3. What does Sylder do after he is fired?
(a) Goes to a bar and then drives.
(b) Calls his wife.
(c) Tries to commit suicide.
(d) Files for unemployment.

4. Where did Garland Hobie hid whiskey as a boolegger?
(a) Room behind false door.
(b) A mountain cave.
(c) Honeysuckle bushes.
(d) Cellar.

5. What does the old man pass by on his way home from the orchard?
(a) An abandoned school.
(b) A lake.
(c) The pit where Sylder buried the dead body.
(d) A church.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what type of road is Sylder driving?

2. What does Sylder crash into when he careens off the road?

3. What does Sylder do every Saturday?

4. How were men killed at the Green Fly Inn?

5. Who is Kenneth Rattner's son?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the voices in the woods tell John Wesley to do?

2. What other possible explanation could there be for Sylder's driving fast to elude the police?

3. What does the orchard keeper do when he returns to his house?

4. What spooks the orchard keeper when he visits the peach pit where the corpse is buried?

5. Who are Gifford and Legwater and what do they find at the scene of the car crash?

6. What happens to Sylder after the flat tire is fixed?

7. What is the whiskey running process in place in the area and what is Sylder's role in it?

8. Where does Sylder dispose of the body and whose presence is he unaware of?

9. How does McCarthy set up the book's major irony in this chapter?

10. How does the author further the theme of ignorance and obscurity?

(see the answer keys)

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