The Thomas Berryman Number Test | Final 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. What does one of Ochs's articles for the newspaper he works for receive?

2. What does Oona allow Ochs to do when he visits?

3. What does Horn's adviser tell him could cost him many white votes?

4. Where does Berryman's father live?

5. Where does Ben go in the midst of a nervous breakdown?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is the letter Ochs receives due to his newspaper articles so important to the story?

3. What happens at the country club that gives readers a stronger understanding of the plot to kill Horn?

4. When Ochs returns to Nashville in Part 4, who is being investigated and what is the importance of the investigation?

5. Who is Oona Quinn?

6. Describe the role of Horn's adviser during Horn's political campaign.

7. What does Ochs say about Oona's parents, the Quinns?

8. What happens when Horn is on television?

9. Why is Berryman's visit to Texas important to the story?

10. Explain the meeting that takes place when Berryman takes Oona to New York City.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In Part 4, Thomas Berryman goes to Texas to visit his ill father. When Berryman visits his sick father, what emotional response do readers feel towards him? Does the scene allow readers to see Berryman from a different perspective?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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