The Quiet Game Test | 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. How much money does Penn offer to Ray Presley to buy Presley's gun?

2. Who is Payton's mother?

3. What is Penn Cage's occupation?

4. How does the story initially describe Ray Presley?

5. What has Presley recently been diagnosed with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. When Penn calls home to tell his parents that he is moving back to his hometown, he senses something is wrong. Why does Penn not press his mother for details?

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

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

7. When Penn announces to his parents that he is moving back to his hometown, how do Penn's parents react?

8. Why does Pinder tell Penn that he's going to pretend to have never met Penn?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In addition to revenge, jealousy is a central theme of this novel.

a. Identify three characters that are motivated by jealousy. Describe their reasons for being jealous. Is their jealousy founded? Why or why not?

b. How does jealousy affect these characters, their decisions, and their actions?

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 been jealous? Explain your answer

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