Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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 name of the man Penn fought with for the right to prosecute Hanratty?
2. In what year was Payton murdered?
3. Who is the district attorney in Natchez?
4. What happens as Penn is on his way home from the meeting with the man who warned Penn that his family might be in danger?
5. According to the rumors that Penn had heard, to whom is Olivia married?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Tom Cage at first not believe that Leo Marston would have been involved in Payton's murder?
2. According to Penn's mother, why had she been upset earlier on the phone?
3. When Penn and Tom discuss Tom's options regarding the blackmail, Penn suggests two options to his father. What are they?
4. Although Penn has no proof, what does he suspect about his father's involvement in his wife's final hours?
5. Why does Caitlin change her mind about publishing Penn's accusations in her paper?
6. According to Austin Mackey, why did Mackey not investigate the Payton murder himself?
7. Why does Pinder tell Penn that he's going to pretend to have never met Penn?
8. Why did Presley return the gun he borrowed from Tom?
9. What announcement does the person Penn sees getting off an airplane in Baton Rouge make that shocks Penn?
10. When Tom questioned Presley about why he only returned one gun, not two, what did Presley say?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Compare and contrast Dwight Stone and Penn Cage, the two men that find the truth regarding Del Payton's murder.
a. How are the two characters similar in terms of their professional lives? How are they different?
b. How are the two characters similar in their personality characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses? How are they different?
c. Each of these men has a daughter they want to protect, were the men similarly affected by this desire or not? Explain your answers and your reasoning.
Essay Topic 3
Leo Marston wears different masks in the story. Both a community leader and a behind-the-scenes manipulator, Leo is a study in contradictions. Clearly, he can be a good man, but he just chooses not to be one. Identify, then compare and contrast the different sides of Leo Marston. How would the entire plot have been affected if Leo had not been successful at deceiving those around him? Why is it necessary for Leo to wear different masks? Explain your reasoning.
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