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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. According to what Stone tells Penn, what motivated the Payton killing?
2. What do Marston and his companion remove from Marston's office?
3. When Penn visits Agent Stone again, what does Penn learn from the agent?
4. Why does the Hanratty brother try to kill Penn?
5. As Tom and Penn discuss the Payton murder, what do the two men agree is most important as the investigation progresses?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Penn arrives at his interview in Colorado, the interviewee does not want to talk. What changes the interviewee's mind?
2. How does Penn respond when he hears the announcement from the person Penn sees getting off an airplane in Baton Rouge?
3. What happened to the woman in the car when she revealed what she had seen the night of the Payton murder?
4. Why did Caitlin originally not want to publish Penn's accusations about Marston in her paper?
5. How does the person who interrupts Penn at Biscuit and Blues learn that her birth certificate does not list a father's name?
6. What does Penn learn from the eyewitness that Penn tracks down upon his return to Natchez?
7. What discrepancy catches Penn's eye about the Fairlane that is sitting in Althea's garden?
8. When Penn goes to the apartment of the person who interrupts him at Biscuits and Blues, what does the person who interrupts him tell Penn?
9. When Penn receives a phone call from Althea after the Hanratty execution, what does Althea tell Penn?
10. What is the real reason that Peter Lutjens is being transferred?
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
Compare and contrast Dwight Stone and Penn Cage, the two men that find the truth regarding Del Payton's murder.
a. How are the two characters similar in terms of their professional lives? How are they different?
b. How are the two characters similar in their personality characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses? How are they different?
c. Each of these men has a daughter they want to protect, were the men similarly affected by this desire or not? Explain your answers and your reasoning.
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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