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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. Who picks up Penn and his daughter from the airport?
2. Who does the person following Penn believe was responsible for the murder of Payton?
3. What is the name of the black man running for mayor in Penn's hometown?
4. When Penn suggests to his father that they need to talk, where do the two men go?
5. Who is Payton's widow?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. When Penn arrives at his interview in Colorado, the interviewee does not want to talk. What changes the interviewee's mind?
3. When Penn's mother confesses why she has been upset, why is Penn stunned by her news?
4. What advice does Penn's Colorado interviewee give to Penn regarding the Payton case?
5. Why does Ike Ransom refuse to elaborate when he tells Penn who he believes was involved in the Payton murder?
6. Why did Presley return the gun he borrowed from Tom?
7. After Johnson speaks at Ruby's funeral, Althea gets up to speak. What does Althea say?
8. How did Olivia wind up pregnant?
9. What happened to the woman in the car when she revealed what she had seen the night of the Payton murder?
10. When Penn and Tom discuss Tom's options regarding the blackmail, Penn suggests two options to his father. What are they?
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the novel, Penn is involved with two very different women. Compare and contrast the relationship Penn has with Caitlin and the relationship Penn has with Olivia. Then, compare and contrast these two women. How do these relationships influence not only Penn, but also the other people that are in his life?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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