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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 is the name of the hotel room the first murdered couple is found in?

2. Who hands Lindsay's case files to the FBI?

3. What does Lindsay thing about the Brandt and the DeGeorge murders?

4. What is Lindsay's marital status when the novel opens?

5. Why does James sneak away to go to the bathroom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Joanna tell Lindsay about her relationship with Chessy?

3. How does Raleigh react to the DeGeorge murders?

4. What does Joanna say when Lindsay asks if Nicholas is capable of murder?

5. What does Raleigh do when he and Lindsay arrive at Joanna's apartment after Jenks has escaped?

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

7. What does Raleigh try to convince Lindsay of after she nearly faints when discussing whether they have arrested the right person?

8. What kind of couple are David and Melanie Brandt?

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

10. What happens to Lindsay when she goes back to the Brandts hotel room for the second time?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the Brandt murder scene 1) sets the tone for the rest of the novel and 2) introduces at least three key facts about Lindsay that are important throughout the rest of the text. Make sure to use direct quotations and evidence from the text to support your thesis.

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

Choose at least one female character from "1st to Die" and discuss at least three ways she goes against traditional gender stereotypes of someone like her.

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