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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 what state is Berryman's apartment located?

2. What is Jimmie Lee Horn's profession?

3. Where does Ochs return to at the beginning of Part 2?

4. Why does Berryman contact the men who hired the Southern man?

5. What does Ochs find out Berryman used his credit card for before the Fourth of July?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Berryman get assigned the job to assassinate Jimmie Lee Horn?

2. What is Ochs Jones investigating when the story begins, and why?

3. What does Ochs ask the guard at the mental institute to do for him, and what events follow his request?

4. What makes the Southern man so mysterious in the story?

5. What happens that causes readers to become more aware of the emotional state of Ben?

6. How does Ochs's opinion of Ben change from his first interview to his last?

7. What happens to Ben after accepting the order to kill Horn?

8. How does empathy play a part in the relationship between Ochs and Ben?

9. What causes Ochs to be unhappy during his final meeting with Ben?

10. When Ochs returns to Long Island, what information is he given?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Jimmie Lee Horn is murdered, Bert Poole is stated as the murderer. What events led to Bert's charge of murder? What causes people in the story to firmly believe Bert was the killer of Horn? Was Bert framed? Cite examples from the text that support your response.

Essay Topic 2

In Part 5, Oona is instructed to board a plane to Nashville, Tennessee in order to meet Berryman. Oona says she does not know why she is going to meet him, but she goes anyway. What does this tell readers about Oona's personality? Why does she trust Berryman even after she finds out he is a hit man about to assassinate a political figure?

Essay Topic 3

After his meeting with Ben Toy, Ochs begins to feel sympathy for him, making it possible that he will forget that Ben is a cold-blooded killer. What could the sympathy Ochs begins to feel towards Ben do to his judgment? What result might sympathy bring to Ochs as the story continues?

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