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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. Why does Officer Legwater sift through the ashes in the peach pit?
(a) To find Ownby's knife.
(b) To find Ownby's still parts.
(c) To find bullet casings.
(d) To find Rattner's platinum plate.

2. What was Sylder's position in the armed forces?
(a) Captain.
(b) Sergeant.
(c) Sailor.
(d) Private.

3. What do the two men do with Ownby after they pick him up?
(a) Take him to the police station.
(b) Take him to a cabin for breakfast.
(c) Take him to a hotel.
(d) Take him to a soup kitchen.

4. What does Sylder's wife wonder about her husband when he returns from his drop-off?
(a) Why he has lipstick on his cheek.
(b) Why his coat is wet.
(c) Why he is laughing.
(d) Why his shoes are muddy.

5. What rouses the large cat in Ownby's outhouse?
(a) Lightning.
(b) A gunshot.
(c) Rain seeping in.
(d) A thunderclap.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Ownby position himself to get off good shots at the officers?

2. Where does Sylder's car die while on his whiskey run?

3. Whose hideout is in a cave?

4. What does Sylder secretly think after John Wesley leaves?

5. Where does Wylder get gas before going on another whiskey run?

Short Essay Questions

1. How else might the irony of Sylder and John Wesley's friendship be interpreted?

2. Why does McCarthy wait until this point in the story to reveal the orchard keeper's name?

3. Describe Ownby's encounter with a welfare department agent in the jail.

4. Describe the conversation in which Ownby gives John Wesley advice about his life.

5. Why does Gifford focus his question about Ownby on a storekeep named Huffaker?

6. How does Arthur stand firm in an attempt to evade the police and find an even more isolated location?

7. Why is Sylder's toe injury probably unrelated to a war injury?

8. What happens to the Rattners by the end of the story?

9. Describe Ownby's arrest by Officer Gifford.

10. What is the significance of cats in the story?

(see the answer keys)

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