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
Leo Marston is a man who is supremely confident. Identify at least three instances from the story that highlight his confidence. How is Marston helped by his utter confidence? How is Marston hurt by his confidence? Provide examples of each.
Essay Topic 2
Throughout the story, there are several attempts on characters that either die or are killed.
a. Identify three characters that do not survive until the end of the novel. Describe each character and the circumstances surrounding their deaths.
b. Compare and contrast the characters that do not survive. What does the author have to gain by killing these characters off? What, if anything, does the author lose?
c. How would the story have changed if one or more of your identified characters had survived?
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast Tom Cage and Leo Marston.
a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?
b. Compare the role that honesty plays in each of their lives. How is each character affected by the concept of honesty - both positively and negatively?
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