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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. In what town does the story take place?

2. After vising New York, where does Ochs go next?

3. What word does Ochs use to describe Johnboy?

4. How long does Ben tell Ochs he's been seeing a psychiatrist?

5. Who accepts the job for Berryman to kill Horn?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Johnboy Terrell and what is his relationship with the Southern man?

2. Describe Ben Toy's profession.

3. What events take place when Berryman arrives in Nashville before Horn's murder?

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

5. What happens at the country club that gives readers a stronger understanding of the plot to kill Horn?

6. What does Berryman notice about his hands before the rally, and what does it show readers about him?

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

8. What does Berryman do when he travels to Texas?

9. How does Berryman die?

10. What happens to Ben at the end of Part 3, and what does the event cause readers to think about him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Ochs is writing a book the events that led to Horn's assassination; the story will also reveal the true murderer. Ochs already knows a vast amount of information on Horn due to his research as well as the articles he has written on Horn. How does Ochs describe Horn? What could Ochs's opinion of Horn mean for his investigation? Is he biased due to his previous following of Horn and his career?

Essay Topic 2

When Berryman is preparing himself for the assassination of Horn, he notices that his hands are shaking. What does this tell readers about Berryman? Could shaking hands before committing a crime cause readers to feel unexpected sympathy towards him? Are there any other possibilities as to why Berryman's hands could be shaking before he goes to assassinate Horn?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the story, one murderer has been killed. Who is it? What events in the story could lead readers to believe that the murderer expected a tragic ending for themselves one day? Cite examples from the text in order to support your response.

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