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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. How long has the black woman been working for the Cage family?
2. What is the name of the FBI agent that has helped Penn in the past?
3. How long has Penn been away from Natchez for before he returns to begin a new life?
4. How does Tom feel to this day about Hillman's murder?
5. Who picks up Penn and his daughter from the airport?
Short Essay Questions
1. After hearing Presley's response about why Presley only returned one gun, not two, what does Tom believe?
2. Why is Penn confused by the comments made by the woman who threw the drink in Penn's face at the fundraising party?
3. Why does Tom Cage at first not believe that Leo Marston would have been involved in Payton's murder?
4. Describe one retaliatory event that occurs after Penn's accusations are published in the paper.
5. According to Austin Mackey, why did Mackey not investigate the Payton murder himself?
6. As Penn peeks in the window of the Marston family home, what does Penn see Leo preparing to do?
7. Although Penn has no proof, what does he suspect about his father's involvement in his wife's final hours?
8. According to Sam Jacobs, what two things drive the Marston family?
9. What does Penn learn from the eyewitness that Penn tracks down upon his return to Natchez?
10. When Leo Marston arrives at the Marston family home and interrupts Penn and Olivia, what does Leo tell Penn?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
In many ways, the novel is a series of contrasts designed to heighten the reader's awareness and draw the reader deeper into the story and the intricacies of each of the story's characters. Identify at least three contrasts that are used in the novel. Describe these contrasts and determine how they impact the story's plot, as well as the reader's emotional involvement in the characters' lives. If these identified contrasts were not included in the story, what impact would their absence have on the storyline, the characters' development, and the readers' involvement?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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