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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 does Berryman do with ipecac syrup?

2. What role does Ben say he played in the assassination of Horn?

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

4. What word does Ochs use to describe Johnboy?

5. What does Berryman tell the men who hired the Southern man?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Berryman get assigned the job to assassinate Jimmie Lee Horn?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the profession of Ochs Jones.

10. In Part 2, why does Ochs return to Long Island, and what information is he given?

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

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

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?

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