In Cold Blood Questions and Answers
Where did Dick and Perry go when on the run in "In Cold Blood"? where was all the places dick and perry went while on the run from the KBI
What two concepts did Agent Dewey help develop during his early investigation of the Clutter murders? Which did he believe was true?
What do you think about this quote? “I know it was wrong. One thing I never told you about the clutter deal is this. Before I ever went to their house I knew there would be a girl there. I think the main reason I went there was not to rob but to rape the girl. Because I thought a lot about it. That is one reason why I never wanted to turn back when we started to. Even when I saw there was no safe.” (278)
What does the crime reveal about the town of Holcomb? How does the gossip surrounding the murders reflect underlying truths about the town?
What is Capote's opinion on the death penalty, and to what extent does his perspective affect the reader's opinion on the topic?
In the book In Cold Blood, why was Perry convicted of premeditated murder? When does the text mention his wanting to kill the Clutter family?
Holcomb, Kansas, in the novel In Cold Blood, appeared to Capote as the very embodiment of traditional American ideas. Discuss the importance of the setting in Holcomb. What does the novel reveal about the town? How does the gossip surrounding the crime reflect underlying truths about Holcomb and small town Kansas? Is the town a character or protagonist?
In In Cold Blood, what worried Perry most about the newspaper reports of the murders? How did his feelings differ from Dick’s?
From what point of view is In Cold Blood written? How does the type of narration affect how the book is read?
What is a passage from In Cold Blood that describes Capote's attitude towards Dick and Perry's relationship?
How does Truman Capote employ literary devices to tell his story and to create a "style" in In Cold Blood? Literary devices such as foreshadowing, flashback, simile, metaphor, irony, etc. I need four elements that describe the authors style.
How do the narrative voice and the sentence structure of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood change when the story shifts from descriptions of the Clutter family to those of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith?
Drawing from Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, why Dick and Perry deserve the death penalty? I have two reasons: they are a threat to society, and they obviously killed The Clutter family. I need help thinking of one more reason.
How does Dick use his charm to get money from retailers so that he and Perry can afford to continue their journey to Mexico?
In the novel In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, both Dick and Perry were in separate accidents involving motorized vehicles. Describe each of their accidents and the results of each.
In the book In Cold Blood, what was Dick Hickock's plan when he got to Las Vegas? Why didn't it work?
Is the letter written by Perry's sister included in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, as well as the those written by Perry's father and Willie-Jay the real letters, or they have been embellished by Capote?
Why did Truman Capote title his book "In Cold Blood"? Was it because of the characters' upbringing, which in their minds may have justified their means of killing the family?
How does Capote insert his opinion about Dick and Perry being evil in In Cold Blood? How is this shown in quotes from the book?
What happened the weekend following the murders in "In Cold Blood"? why was this event held early? All I know about this is that Dick and Perry where out of the holcomb town they where visiting some one or doing something in another town..
What kinds of strategies are implemented by Nye and Church in their interrogation of Dick Hickock on pages 217–224 of In Cold Blood?
Are the phrases "people are dumb" and "mean as hell" types of figurative language from In Cold Blood and are they adequate?
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