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. What theory does Pluck explain to the narrator?

2. What word does Mathers use to answer each of the narrator's questions?

3. What medium does de Selby compare life to?

4. What does the narrator say has changed since he entered Mathers' house?

5. What do people become like when they change into bicycles?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the narrator describe the police barracks?

3. What happens when the narrator opens the moneybox?

4. What does Mathers tell the narrator about his own wind color?

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

6. How does the narrator perplex Sergeant Pluck?

7. What does de Selby say about movement?

8. What does the stranger reveal about himself?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aside from the main character, examine the way the author uses the other characters in the book. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of O'Brien's previous books and contrast it with the Third Policeman in terms of the following:

1. Style.

2. Structure.

3. Themes.

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