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. Where is Ochs when he receives an exciting phone call after meeting with Ben a second time?

2. Why does Ochs go to a mental hospital?

3. In what town does the story take place?

4. Where does Ochs Jones work?

5. Where is the Southern man left after he is murdered?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the profession of Ochs Jones.

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

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

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

7. Why is Ochs sent to Long Island?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Part 7, Ochs visits Joe Cubbah in prison. Why does Ochs do this? What does Cubbah admit to Ochs? Did Ochs's visit help his research in any way? What led Ochs to Cubbah in the first place? Justify your response by using examples from the reading.

Essay Topic 2

Johnboy Terrell is killed at the end of the story. Readers don't find out who his murderer is. What could the lack of knowledge about who kills Johnboy lead readers to feel? Do any particular characters in the story come to mind as to who Johnboy's killer is? Cite examples from the text in order to justify your response.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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