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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. After Hanratty is convicted, his brother is shot and killed. Who shoots Hanratty's brother?
2. According to the article published after Penn's interview, what does Penn call Payton's murderers?
3. As Chapter Five opens, to whom does Penn grant an interview?
4. Of what is Penn accused by the woman who throws a drink in his face?
5. What is the name of the black man running for mayor in Penn's hometown?
Short Essay Questions
1. According to Austin Mackey, why did Mackey not investigate the Payton murder himself?
2. When Penn announces to his parents that he is moving back to his hometown, how do Penn's parents react?
3. After Hanratty is convicted, what does Hanratty's brother do?
4. Why does Ike Ransom refuse to elaborate when he tells Penn who he believes was involved in the Payton murder?
5. According to the story Penn tells during his interview, why was Payton murdered?
6. Why does Sam Jacobs warn Penn about the Payton murder as they leave the fund-raising party?
7. How does Penn explain to his interviewer that Johnson is not courting the black vote?
8. According to Penn's FBI contact, what reason was given for sealing Payton's case files?
9. When Presley and Tom met after Hillman had been killed, what did Tom ask Presley?
10. Why does Shad Johnson want Penn to leave the Payton case alone?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One of the main themes is this novel is revenge.
a. Identify three characters that use revenge as their primary motivation. For each character, describe an instance in which the character acted out of a need for revenge.
b. Why do these characters seek revenge?
c. What is the outcome for these characters? Were they successful in their endeavors, or would they have been more successful if they had not gone after revenge? Explain your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Identify the groups of people trying to prevent the truth about Payton's murder from being told. Compare and contrast these groups in terms of overall number, organization, overall motivation, ability to plan, and success achieved. How are they similar? How are they different? Does any one group actually end up succeeding? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples from the story.
Essay Topic 3
Planning is an essential part of the story for several characters, as well as for the author to ensure that his plot moves forward. Identify instances in which Penn Cage and Leo Marston plan for their upcoming court fight. Identify instances in which each of these men fails to plan well. What is revealed about each of these characters through their ability ,or lack of ability, to plan? How is the strength of the author revealed in his ability to have his characters adequately plan? Be sure to support your reasoning.
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