The Secret History Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Richard describe the tone of the letter he receives from Henry before Bunny's funeral?

2. What does Henry tell Julian while Richard and Francis are in the office?

3. What does Richard find in Charles' apartment that reminds him of Bunny?

4. What alibi does Henry invent to account for the group's time during the time of Bunny's murder?

5. What does Richard mumble aloud while Bunny's father collapses in tears?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the search for Bunny finally come to a climax? Who is involved with the investigation at that point?

2. What poem does Henry read at Bunny's funeral and why? How does Richard respond to Henry's choice?

3. How do Bunny's friends at school respond to his death? What do they think happened to him?

4. What do the members of the group find peculiar about Bunny's father the day before the funeral?

5. How do the group members relate to each other following Bunny's funeral? Why does Richard think they are all reacting this way?

6. What does Richard begin to understand about Henry as the novel draws to its climax?

7. Who is Cloke, and how does he appear in the story? What is important about his appearance?

8. After Bunny dies, what positive qualities about his personality come to light from his other friends at school?

9. What happens to the main characters at the climax of the story?

10. What information does Cloke provide that causes the members of the group to realize the focus of the investigation might shift away from any suspicion being directed at them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the events that lead to Julian Morrow's departure from Hampden? How does his departure affect the group? Do their opinions of and feelings for Julian change?

Essay Topic 2

In this novel, the lines between protagonist and antagonist are blurry. Who do you consider to be the protagonist(s) in the story? The antagonist(s)? Support your position.

Essay Topic 3

In the opening of the story, Richard says "this is the only story I will ever be able to tell." What does he mean by this statement? Why is this the only story?

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