The Third Policeman Test | Mid-Book 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. Who does the stranger threaten to murder?

2. What member of his family does Pluck say turned into a horse?

3. Who does Pluck assume is the narrator's father?

4. What starts to go missing from the customers when Divney comes back with his new drink?

5. Who does Pluck say a watch cannot belong to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Pluck say he found it so easy to find Gilhaney's bicycle?

2. How does the narrator describe the boxes MacCruiskeen shows him?

3. What does Mathers tell the narrator about wind?

4. What does Pluck say about the figures he looks over with MacCruiskeen?

5. How does Divney end up working on the farm?

6. How does the stranger say he can help the narrator?

7. How do people change into bicycles and bicycles change into people?

8. What does Pluck say about his atom theory?

9. What does Mathers tells the narrator about the policeman at the police barracks?

10. Why does Pluck think Gilaney is lecherous?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Replace the book's setting with one of the following settings:

1. Mexico.

2. USA.

3. Britain.

What new meaning would the new setting give the book? How important is setting for developing meaning in a story?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the book's chronological setting.

1. What were the main concerns during the 1940s? How does the author express these concerns?

2. How would the author change the book if it was set in today's society?

Essay Topic 3

The author wrote THE THIRD POLICEMAN in the first person. Why do you think the author chose to write the story in the first person? How do you think the meaning of the story would change if the author wrote it in the third person?

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