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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 Penn Cage's wife?
2. How long has Penn been away from Natchez for before he returns to begin a new life?
3. What is the occupation of the man Penn fought with for the right to prosecute Hanratty now?
4. How did Payton die?
5. How many Hanratty brothers are there?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Penn's mother confesses why she has been upset, why is Penn stunned by her news?
2. When Penn first confronts his father about what's bothering his father, how does Tom react?
3. When Penn asks his father if he ever found out the reason behind Marston's attack, what is Tom's reply?
4. When the two women leave Tom's house, what has Penn decided to do for them?
5. Why does Penn decide to move back to his hometown?
6. Why does Shad Johnson want Penn to leave the Payton case alone?
7. Why does Pinder tell Penn that he's going to pretend to have never met Penn?
8. How does Penn feel when he returns to his hometown to begin life anew?
9. When Tom questioned Presley about why he only returned one gun, not two, what did Presley say?
10. When Penn sees Mackey at the fundraising party, why is Mackey angry with Penn?
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
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
The author uses several different literary techniques as the story is told in regard to the story's flow. Describe the techniques of both flashbacks and foreshadowing. How are each of these techniques used in the story? Give specific examples of each technique. Why might the author have chosen to use both of these techniques in the story? Was the story enhanced by the use of these two techniques? Why or why not?
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