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 the Southern man left after he is murdered?

2. When Ben accepts the order to kill Horn, what happens to him?

3. What evidence is used in order to convict the murderer of Jimmie Lee Horn?

4. What is Ochs Jones investigating in the story?

5. Who does Ben believe is following him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Ochs ask the guard at the mental institute to do for him, and what events follow his request?

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

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

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

9. What news does Ochs receive while bathing in his hotel room?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

At the end of the story, one murderer has been killed. Who is it? What events in the story could lead readers to believe that the murderer expected a tragic ending for themselves one day? Cite examples from the text in order to support 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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