The Thomas Berryman Number 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 Ben have information on?

2. Who is Johnboy's sworn enemy?

3. What was Berryman's job involving the three brothers?

4. After meeting with Ben a second time, where does Ochs go?

5. In what state is Berryman's apartment located?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Ochs go after his meeting with Ben Toy, and what events follow?

2. When Ochs returns to Tennessee after visiting Ben in the mental institution, what does he learn about Berryman? Why is it important?

3. Describe the profession of Ochs Jones.

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

5. What news does Ochs receive while bathing in his hotel room?

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

7. Who works on the Bowditch ward at the William Pound Institute, and why is this person important to Ochs's investigation?

8. Why is Ochs sent to Long Island?

9. What does the reader find out is the plot of the story after reading the Prologue?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Part 3, Thomas Berryman spends a weekend at a beach house with Oona Quinn. What does Berryman let slip to Oona? How does his slip cause Oona to be involved in the plan to kill Horn? Was the slip good or did it lead to trouble? Use examples from the reading in order to justify your response.

Essay Topic 2

In Part 4, Thomas Berryman goes to Texas to visit his ill father. When Berryman visits his sick father, what emotional response do readers feel towards him? Does the scene allow readers to see Berryman from a different perspective?

Essay Topic 3

In the Prologue, readers find out that Jimmie Lee Horn was the first black mayor of Nashville, Tennessee. Horn was killed during a rally on the Fourth of July. Does the race of Jimmie Lee Horn have any impact on what readers may think is the reason he was assassinated? Does the mention of Horn's race cause readers to jump to conclusions since it did not necessarily have to be acknowledged so quickly?

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