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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 is Johnboy's sworn enemy?

2. Who hired the Southern man?

3. What was the Southern man's profession?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. On the day of the rally, what does Berryman spend his time doing?

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

4. When Ochs returns to Nashville after visiting Ben Toy, who does he have a meeting with, and why?

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

6. What events take place right before Berryman leaves New York City, and what do the events cause him to do?

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

8. Why does Ochs appear cautious of Oona after hearing her stories about her involvement with Berryman and the plan to murder Horn?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

At the end of Part 7, readers find out where the dead body of Thomas Berryman is found. What events happened previously that leads readers to know who discarded his body? Who did it? Does the involvement of this particular person in Berryman's death lead readers to become suspicious of them?

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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