To test students' understand of Truman Capote's novel In Cold Blood, students must discuss five of the ten quotations provided on this exam (editable Word document, change to ten of ten if necessary). Students must identify who said the quotation (4 points), in what context (brief summary of what happened shortly before and after this quotation) (4 points), and the significance of the quotation (12 points). This identifies whether or not the students READ the NOVEL, but also their understanding of important themes, characterization, author bias, stylistic choices, et cetera.
*Please note: there is no key as answers will vary. Page numbers are included for each quotation, however.
Keywords: critical reading, close reading, exam, novel study