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. Why does Divney refuse to tell the narrator where he has hidden the money?

2. What does the narrator say mocks him as he makes up names for himself?

3. Where does Divney wait as the narrator goes to find the moneybox?

4. What does the narrator say he has had stolen?

5. Which of the following does de Selby regard as a vice?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the narrator think it is not a good idea to say no to everything?

3. Why does the narrator have a wooden leg?

4. How does the narrator perplex Sergeant Pluck?

5. What does Pluck say humans do when they turn into bicycles?

6. How do Divney and the narrator murder Mathers?

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

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

9. How does the narrator describe the spear MacCruiskeen shows him?

10. Why is MacCruiskeen's piano special?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Examine the construction of O'Brien's argument.

1. How does he introduce his ideas?

2. How does he construct his ideas to come to logical conclusion?

3. What weaknesses and strengths can you identify in O'Brien's argument?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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