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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 does one of the Hanratty brothers periodically send to Penn?
2. What is the name of Penn Cage's daughter?
3. What happened to Tom when he was the defendant in a malpractice suit years earlier?
4. Which character is friends with Penn even though he is Jewish and Penn is not?
5. How did Payton die?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Penn decide to move back to his hometown?
2. According to Austin Mackey, why did Mackey not investigate the Payton murder himself?
3. When Penn first confronts his father about what's bothering his father, what does Penn think is going on?
4. When Penn sees Mackey at the fundraising party, why is Mackey angry with Penn?
5. When Penn first meets with the person he agrees to be interviewed by, why is Penn stunned?
6. Why does Sam Jacobs warn Penn about the Payton murder as they leave the fund-raising party?
7. According to the story Penn tells during his interview, why was Payton murdered?
8. After Hanratty is convicted, what does Hanratty's brother do?
9. According to Sam Jacobs, what two things drive the Marston family?
10. Why does Ike Ransom refuse to elaborate when he tells Penn who he believes was involved in the Payton murder?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Leo Marston wears different masks in the story. Both a community leader and a behind-the-scenes manipulator, Leo is a study in contradictions. Clearly, he can be a good man, but he just chooses not to be one. Identify, then compare and contrast the different sides of Leo Marston. How would the entire plot have been affected if Leo had not been successful at deceiving those around him? Why is it necessary for Leo to wear different masks? Explain your reasoning.
Essay Topic 2
Penn Cage and Olivia Marston become intimate during two different periods in their lives. Describe the circumstances surrounding each of these periods in which these two characters become involved. Then, examine how the first circumstances and the relationship these characters developed early in their lives impacted the circumstances surrounding their second meeting.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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