1st to Die: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is Gerald Brandt?

2. Why does Lindsay drive back to San Francisco with Claire?

3. What does Claire report she has a sample of from the crime scene?

4. How close is Lindsay to her family?

5. What key factor connects the Voskuhls to the other murders Lindsay is investigating?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kathy Voskuhl's family tell Lindsay about an old boyfriend of hers?

2. What two aspects of the Brandt crime scene does Lindsay notice that later become important for the case?

3. What in particular disturbs Lindsay about the Brandt murder scene?

4. What does the woman in the mirror tell herself, after Jenks is arrested and arraigned, as she takes off her makeup?

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

6. What is the purpose of the Women's Murder Club?

7. Why are Lindsay and Raleigh unable to get a good look at the man on the museum security tapes?

8. Why is Lindsay's recollection that Jenks is left-handed important?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a well-reasoned argument paper discussing how Lindsay's illness, Negli's Aplastic Anemia, functions as its own unique character in "1st to Die." Make sure to use direct evidence from the text to support your strong thesis statement.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze at least three different literary techniques Patterson uses to create tension in "1st to Die."

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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