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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Shortly after the Payton murder, Presley had been arrested. For what had Presley been arrested?
2. As Penn and Caitlin leave the restaurant, where does Penn ask Caitlin to accompany him to?
3. As Penn and his bodyguard are at the warehouse, shots are fired. How many men wind up dead?
4. According to the fax Penn receives when he arrives back in Natchez after the trip to Colorado, when were the items in question stolen?
5. Who arrives with the police and orders the boxes removed from the Marston family home for safekeeping?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Identify the groups of people trying to prevent the truth about Payton's murder from being told. Compare and contrast these groups in terms of overall number, organization, overall motivation, ability to plan, and success achieved. How are they similar? How are they different? Does any one group actually end up succeeding? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples from the story.
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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