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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. What does Lindsay learn from CSU about fingerprints at the Brandt murder scene?

2. Who is Becky Passeneu?

3. Who helps Becky while she is shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue?

4. Who is Gerald Brandt?

5. Where is James when he is killed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lindsay want to meet with Claire and Cindy when she returns from Cleveland?

2. Why does Jill assure Lindsay of the first time they meet to discuss the case?

3. What does Jacobi learn about Nicholas Jenks just as he is emerging as a suspect?

4. What makes people realized that the DeGeorges are missing?

5. Why must Lindsay be careful in her initial investigation of Nicholas Jenks?

6. What is Chris Raleigh's job before he is introduced on the Bride and Groom case?

7. After seeing the sketch of the murder suspect, what does the witness tell Lindsay?

8. How does the Women's Murder Club react to Lindsay's suggestion that she has arrested the wrong man?

9. Why does Lindsay insist to Raleigh, while they are in Cleveland, that the killer had to have known Kathy?

10. Why does Lindsay think that Joanna might be the real killer?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least three reasons why "1st to Die" could be classified in a genre other than murder mystery, making sure to use specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

Although the novel seems to conclude with all of the loose ends being tied up, the reader learns from the Prologue that Lindsay is extremely depressed by the time the story ends. Discuss what three things most contribute to Lindsay's unhappiness and why Patterson may have chosen to have his strong, intelligent protagonist so unhappy at the novel's conclusion.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss why it was necessary for Raleigh to die in "1st to Die." Make sure to discuss what effect his death has on the text in general and on Lindsay in particular -- and why those consequences were necessary for the story.

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