This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who was the first person to suspect that Lizzie had been murdered using poison?
2. With whom did Tom White and the prosecutors work in order to keep William Hale and John Ramsey behind bars by filing state charges against them for the bombing murders?
3. What was William Hale's reaction to the judge's ruling that the case could be adjudicated only in state court?
4. When Ernest Burkhart finally decided to talk, who did he demand to speak to during his confession?
5. Soon after the grand jury proceedings against William Hale began, one of his "cronies" (200), who also happened to be a pastor, was charged with committing what crime?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the author consider to be the most damning evidence that Mollie's illness was being caused by poison?
2. How did the media portray Mollie Burkhart during the trial of Ernest Burkhart and William Hale?
3. What did the Osage man mean when he told a reporter, "Tell everybody, when you write your story, that they're scalping our souls out here" (156)?
4. How is paradox apparent within the question of which government entity had jurisdiction over the Osage murders?
5. What is the meaning of the title of Chapter 12, A Wilderness of Mirrors?
6. How was John Ramsey's confession laden with the era's racist views held by whites about Native Americans?
7. How were the Texas Rangers viewed differently by white Texans than they were viewed by people of color?
8. What is the significance of the photograph in the text that depicts a roping contest from 1909?
9. When William Hale responded to John Ramsey's panic at being tried for the murder of Henry Roan, what did William Hale say to reassure him?
10. How did Tom White release the pent-up frustration created by his investigation of William Hale's involvement in the Osage murders?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the structure the author uses to construct the narrative of Killers of the Flower Moon and discuss the author's purpose for breaking the story into three parts. What advantages does this choice provide and how does it align with the messages the author is trying to get across to the reader?
Essay Topic 2
Trace the character arc of William Hale provided by the author. How does the author go about showing the evil duplicity present within William Hale's character and his power to harm those whose monies he coveted without being punished for his heinous acts?
Essay Topic 3
Perform a feminist criticism of the book Killers of the Flower Moon and provide an ample number of concrete details to support your points.
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