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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. Where are Penn and his daughter when Penn decides to move back to his hometown?
2. What has Presley recently been diagnosed with?
3. At the time of the fight with Penn, what was the occupation of the man Penn fought with for the right to prosecute Hanratty?
4. How does Tom feel to this day about Hillman's murder?
5. What is the name of the waitress that interrupts Penn's interview?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Penn asks his father if he ever found out the reason behind Marston's attack, what is Tom's reply?
2. Why did Presley return the gun he borrowed from Tom?
3. After hearing Presley's response about why Presley only returned one gun, not two, what does Tom believe?
4. After Hanratty is convicted, what does Hanratty's brother do?
5. Although Penn has no proof, what does he suspect about his father's involvement in his wife's final hours?
6. According to the story Penn tells during his interview, why was Payton murdered?
7. How does Penn explain to his interviewer that Johnson is not courting the black vote?
8. When Penn first confronts his father about what's bothering his father, what does Penn think is going on?
9. When Penn sees Mackey at the fundraising party, why is Mackey angry with Penn?
10. When Penn first confronts his father about what's bothering his father, how does Tom react?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ilse uses this story to examine the role that truth plays in our daily lives. Examine the author's beliefs through his storytelling. Why would the author choose this story to overlay his demonstration of the consequences realized when the truth is distorted or hidden? What did you learn from the author's discussion on truth? What other avenues, if any, could the author have used to express his beliefs? Would those avenues have been as effective as the story? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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
Essay Topic 3
Leo Marston is a man who is supremely confident. Identify at least three instances from the story that highlight his confidence. How is Marston helped by his utter confidence? How is Marston hurt by his confidence? Provide examples of each.
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