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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 is the current mayor of Natchez?
2. How does the story initially describe Tom Cage?
3. In what year was Payton murdered?
4. What is the nickname of the person who follows Penn home from the fundraiser?
5. Who tells Penn that there are files in the basement?
Short Essay Questions
1. While Tom and Penn are fighting about the newspaper article, two women appear on Tom's doorstep. Why are the women there?
2. Why did Presley return the gun he borrowed from Tom?
3. When Penn and Tom discuss Tom's options regarding the blackmail, Penn suggests two options to his father. What are they?
4. After Hanratty is convicted, what does Hanratty's brother do?
5. Why does Sam Jacobs warn Penn about the Payton murder as they leave the fund-raising party?
6. According to the story Penn tells during his interview, why was Payton murdered?
7. When Presley and Tom met after Hillman had been killed, what did Tom ask Presley?
8. Why is Penn confused by the comments made by the woman who threw the drink in Penn's face at the fundraising party?
9. How does Penn explain to his interviewer that Johnson is not courting the black vote?
10. According to Penn's mother, why had she been upset earlier on the phone?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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?
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