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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 does Althea react when Penn tells her that he's going to investigate Payton's murder?
2. What does Penn promise Caitlin in exchange for her help with the Payton case?
3. As Penn drives alone after Ruby's funeral, how is Penn feeling?
4. As Penn ponders what he has learned to this point, what does Penn begin to believe the murder was about?
5. What is the current position held by the person Penn is stunned to see in Huntsville?
Short Essay Questions
1. As Penn peeks in the window of the Marston family home, what does Penn see Leo preparing to do?
2. When Annie is returned to Penn, there is also a note for Penn. What does the note say?
3. What discrepancy catches Penn's eye about the Fairlane that is sitting in Althea's garden?
4. Why does Tom Cage at first not believe that Leo Marston would have been involved in Payton's murder?
5. When Penn arrives at his interview in Colorado, the interviewee does not want to talk. What changes the interviewee's mind?
6. What happened to the woman in the car when she revealed what she had seen the night of the Payton murder?
7. According to Caitlin, what is the reason why Agent Stone is reluctant to speak to Penn about the Payton case?
8. When Leo Marston arrives at the Marston family home and interrupts Penn and Olivia, what does Leo tell Penn?
9. What announcement does the person Penn sees getting off an airplane in Baton Rouge make that shocks Penn?
10. How does Penn respond when he hears the announcement from the person Penn sees getting off an airplane in Baton Rouge?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Several times in the story, Penn seeks out the help of other people in order to move forward in both his investigation into the Payton murder and in his personal life.
a. Identify at least three times in the story in which Penn reaches out for help.
b. Compare and contrast each of these events in terms of the situation Penn is trying to understand, the effect of his asking for help, and the situation that immediately follows this time.
c. How might Penn's actions have impacted the story's plot if he hadn't reached out for help from others?
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