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. When the two women tell Penn the story of Payton's murder, how does Penn react?

2. How much money does Penn end up paying to Ray Presley to buy Presley's gun?

3. When Penn suggests to his father that they need to talk, where do the two men go?

4. Who does Penn Cage meet on the airplane as Penn is flying to his hometown?

5. What is the name of Penn Cage's mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Tom questioned Presley about why he only returned one gun, not two, what did Presley say?

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

3. Why does Shad Johnson want Penn to leave the Payton case alone?

4. According to the story Penn tells during his interview, why was Payton murdered?

5. When Presley and Tom met after Hillman had been killed, what did Tom ask Presley?

6. Although Penn has no proof, what does he suspect about his father's involvement in his wife's final hours?

7. According to Sam Jacobs, what two things drive the Marston family?

8. Why did Presley return the gun he borrowed from Tom?

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

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

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

Why did the author choose "The Quiet Game" as the book's title? How does the title foreshadow the events that unfold in the story, the struggles of the main characters, and the violence portrayed in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Several times in the story, Penn seeks out the help of other people in order to move forward in both his investigation into the Payton murder and in his personal life.

a. Identify at least three times in the story in which Penn reaches out for help.

b. Compare and contrast each of these events in terms of the situation Penn is trying to understand, the effect of his asking for help, and the situation that immediately follows this time.

c. How might Penn's actions have impacted the story's plot if he hadn't reached out for help from others?

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