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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 reason does Ben give for keeping the fact that he's been seeing a psychiatrist away from Berryman?

2. What was the Southern man's profession?

3. What is Ochs Jones investigating in the story?

4. What race is Horn?

5. Who does Ben believe is following him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why is Ochs sent to Long Island?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Part 2, Ochs receives a phone call with news that excites him as well as causes a dramatic incline in the story. What news does the phone call bring him? Why is he excited? Could the call help Ochs's investigation? Cite examples from the text in order to justify your response.

Essay Topic 3

When the story ends, Joe Cubbah is the only one who is able to finish his assignment. What does Cubbah's ability to do his job show about his personality? What characters are not able to finish their assignment? Explain your answer with examples from the story.

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