Wiseguy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nicholas Pileggi
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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. How old is Karen when she meets Henry?

2. What sum do Henry and his friends steal from the airport at the beginning of Chapter 8?

3. How does Henry meet Karen?

4. Which of the following crimes does Henry NOT commit in Chapter 2?

5. Why does Henry agree to cooperate with the police?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the insider Frenchy helped the mobsters steal $480,000 from the Air Cargo Center.

2. What is the typical wiseguy like?

3. Why does Henry decide to enlist in the military?

4. Why does Henry want to become partners with Lenny and what are some of the perks that come along with it?

5. Why does Henry choose the cabstand when looking for a part-time job?

6. What does Henry ask Karen to do after he beats up her neighbor, and how does she react to this?

7. Describe how the wiseguys rob trucks.

8. What are some of the ways Karen notices that Henry's profession as a bricklayer might not be as it seems?

9. Why does Karen like Henry so much?

10. Discuss what jobs Henry is given involving the gambling ring.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wiseguys lead a life devoid of rules. In fact, they are encouraged to break rules and are rewarded when they do. In what ways does this lack of honesty harm the wiseguys? Does having this mentality make it impossible for them to truly have an honest outlook in life?

Essay Topic 2

By showing the ease in which the police come up with Jimmy and his gangs' names after the Lufthansa case, the author shows that the wiseguys weren't completely in charge. How does this foreshadow the sudden demise of Henry's lifestyle? Since his life was so dependent on lies, are you surprised that it took so long for Henry to be taken down?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout most of his marriage, Henry lies to Karen about almost everything in much part because that is what most wiseguys did. What does this tell the reader in regards to how wiseguys valued other people? How does this showcase their self-serving nature?

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