The Quiet Game Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Greg Iles
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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 is the occupation of the father of the girl Penn was involved with during high school?

2. How much time passes before Presley begins talking about Hillman's murder?

3. Of what is Penn accused by the woman who throws a drink in his face?

4. What does one of the Hanratty brothers periodically send to Penn?

5. What is Penn Cage's occupation?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Penn feel when he returns to his hometown to begin life anew?

2. Why is Penn confused by the comments made by the woman who threw the drink in Penn's face at the fundraising party?

3. While Tom and Penn are fighting about the newspaper article, two women appear on Tom's doorstep. Why are the women there?

4. Why does Sam Jacobs warn Penn about the Payton murder as they leave the fund-raising party?

5. When Penn's mother confesses why she has been upset, why is Penn stunned by her news?

6. According to Penn's FBI contact, what reason was given for sealing Payton's case files?

7. According to Penn's mother, why had she been upset earlier on the phone?

8. When Penn asks his father if he ever found out the reason behind Marston's attack, what is Tom's reply?

9. When Penn first confronts his father about what's bothering his father, what does Penn think is going on?

10. After Hanratty is convicted, what does Hanratty's brother do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the story, there are several attempts made on Penn Craig's life.

a. Identify three characters or groups who try to kill Penn. Describe the situation and how Penn escapes.

b. Compare and contrast the characters that try to kill Penn, as well as these characters' motivations.

Essay Topic 2

Ilse uses this story to examine the role that truth plays in our daily lives. Examine the author's beliefs through his storytelling. Why would the author choose this story to overlay his demonstration of the consequences realized when the truth is distorted or hidden? What did you learn from the author's discussion on truth? What other avenues, if any, could the author have used to express his beliefs? Would those avenues have been as effective as the story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

In many ways, the novel is a series of contrasts designed to heighten the reader's awareness and draw the reader deeper into the story and the intricacies of each of the story's characters. Identify at least three contrasts that are used in the novel. Describe these contrasts and determine how they impact the story's plot, as well as the reader's emotional involvement in the characters' lives. If these identified contrasts were not included in the story, what impact would their absence have on the storyline, the characters' development, and the readers' involvement?

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