Ms. Gokturk

Journalism

 

Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood

Study and Homework Questions

I. Read pp. 13-54.

A. Define the vocabulary: gaunt, proprietress, beneficence, edifice, myriad, abstemious, despondent, mesmeric

B. Describe the lifestyle and personality of each Clutter. Please use quotes from the text to support and build your response. Cite page numbers.

C. Why has the author revealed so much about the Clutters? (Think like a journalist!)

 

II Read pp. 55-90.

A Define the vocabulary: sanctuary, reticent, ludicrous, prim, ineffable, protégé, ethereal, Lilliputian, fastidious, coterie, quandary

B. Write a character sketch of Perry Smith. Please use quotes from the text to support and build your response. Cite page numbers.

C. Does Willy-Jay’s letter expose Perry as a potential murderer? Explain. Please use quotes from the text to support and build your response. Cite page numbers.

 

 

III Read 90-137.

A. Define the vocabulary:  intoxicating, credulous, rumination, agoraphobic, edifice, babushka

B. Describe the reactions in detail of the townspeople to the Clutter murder.

C. If the Clutter murder occurred in New York City, would the reactions be different? Why?

 

IV Read 138-179

A. Define the vocabulary: raucous, polygraph, prevarication, bravura, prudish, inebriated, memorabilia, propriety

B. How has Perry Smith had a traumatic childhood? In your answer describe the influence of his parents, and also how his experiences in the orphanage and school in helped in shaping his personality. Please use quotes from the text to support and build your response. Cite page numbers.

 

 

V Read pp. 183-236

A. Define the vocabulary: forlorn, belligerence, perversity, absconded, purloined, festered, admonish, paradox

B. Write a character portrait of Dick Hickock. Please use quotes from the text to support and build your response. Cite page numbers.

C. Is Dick more of a criminal than Perry? Explain your answer. Remember to think the about the writing style in how it shapes your perception.

 

 

VI Read pp. 236-280

A. Define the vocabulary: amiable, ambivalent, fortitude, dissuaded, sinister, permeate, emporium, patronize, pensive

B. Why did Perry and Dick return to Kansas? What does their behavior in Florida and Las Vegas reveal about them? Please use quotes from the text to support and build your response. Cite page numbers.

C. How does each fugitive bear up under questioning? Please use quotes from the text to support and build your response. Cite page numbers.

 

VII Read pp. 284-339

A. Please define the vocabulary: pubescent, somnolent, thanatoid, hegira, prudent, expurgated, scrutinized, sundry, mélange, pragmatic, sartorial, demeanor, pedophilia, languid

B How does Perry fit into Dr. Satten’s profile of a murderer without an apparent motive? Please use quotes from the text to support and build your response. Cite page numbers.

C. Should Perry receive the death penalty? Why?

D. To what extent is Dick responsible for the murders?

E. Should Dick receive the death penalty? Why?

 

VIII Read pp. 339-384

A. Define the vocabulary: contrition, paranoid, septuagenarian, repertoire, hiatus, ostensible, unctuous, anathema, garrotes,

B. Describe your emotional response to the hangings. Please use quotes from the text to support and build your response. Cite page numbers.

C. Explain the meaning of the title.