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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 is Johnboy Terrell's job?

2. What happens the first time Ochs arrives at the mental hospital?

3. What is Ochs Jones investigating in the story?

4. What causes Ben to become so scared in Part 2?

5. What happens to Jimmie Lee Horn at the beginning of the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ben Toy's profession.

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

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

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

5. Explain the crime that Ben commits after accepting the order to kill Horn.

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

7. What does Ben Toy inform Ochs Jones about Thomas Berryman's last job when he was hired as a hit man?

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

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

10. What facts arise that lead Ochs to believe Ben's story of Horn's murder?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Ochs finds out from his bosses that he is being sent to Long Island to visit the William Pound Institution. Ben Toy, a patient at the mental institute, says he has information about the murder of Jimmie Lee Horn. When Ochs finds out he is being sent to interview Ben, he believes the trip to Long Island will lead to a dead end. Why might Ochs think this? Does the fact that Ben is in a mental institution have anything to do with Ochs's opinion? Are there any other occurrences in the book that show Ben as someone who is not taken seriously, due to his mental issues?

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