The Stranger Beside Me Test | Final Test - Hard

Ann Rule
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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. In his letters, Ted tries to explain what to Ann?

2. How does Detective Parmenter know that the vehicle plate number he's given belongs to a vehicle in Leon County?

3. In 1988, to whom does Ted reveal details of his crimes?

4. Ted writes to Ann and tells her that he "tries to live in the..."

5. Who applies for a license to marry Ted in 1980?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ted do during his sentencing phase after he is convicted of Kimberly Leach's murder?

2. After Ted is finally caught by a policeman while trying to escape in a stolen orange Volkswagon bug, he gives what name to police?

3. When Ted is charged with the attacks and murders of the Tallahassee women as well as the death of Kimberly Leach, how does he react? What does this show?

4. During Ted's trials involving the Florida assaults and killings, what is the most damaging piece of evidence in the case against Ted Bundy?

5. Describe five aspects of Ted's personality during his trials (as indicated by the author.)

6. As of 1986, Ted Bundy has not yet been executed. Why is he still on Death Row?

7. Why aren't Ted's crimes in Washington, Utah and Colorado brought up during the sentencing phase of Ted's trial?

8. After Ted confesses on tape to 36 murders, why isn't he sent back to the state of Washington to face trial?

9. What recreational activities does Ted enjoy after he escapes to Tallahassee? Why are these significant?

10. Before Ted is executed in 1989, what does he do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It can be difficult for most people to "get into the mind" of a serial killer like Ted Bundy. Talk about what makes it so difficult to understand Ted's actions from any of the following perspectives:

a) From a logical standpoint.

b) From an emotional standpoint.

c) From a societal/cultural standpoint.

d) From a romantic standpoint.

e) From an intellectual standpoint.

Essay Topic 2

Ann Rule is in a difficult position as both the author of this book (an objective point of view) and the friend of the main character (a subjective point of view). How effective do you feel that she is in being a strong storyteller? What would you have liked to see more or less of in the book?

Essay Topic 3

Rule suggests in her book that despite his infamy for heinous acts, Bundy actually performed some heroic acts in his life. What examples of heroic acts were given in the book, and do you agree that they were heroic? How does this affect your opinion of Bundy?

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