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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. During Karen Randall's autopsy, the stretchmarks noted on her body indicate what?

2. The person conducting Karen's autopsy determines that the source of her bleeding was what?

3. What does the person conducting the autopsy on Karen notice about her uterus?

4. What type of work does Dr. John Berry typically perform in the pathology lab?

5. Jim Murphy agrees to John's request on what condition?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Alan Zenner, and why does John talk with him?

2. What are some of the major findings made during Karen Randall's autopsy?

3. During the first conversation between J.D. Randall and John Berry, what does the reader learn about Randall's attitude towards Art Lee?

4. Summarize the conversation that takes place between John and Ev outside of the Randall home.

5. What does John Berry say about Dr. Conway's manner of conducting autopsies?

6. When John goes to the radiology department at Memorial Hospital, what does the radiologist tell him?

7. Who is Mrs. McPherson, and what happens to her?

8. Why do the police arrest Art Lee?

9. How does being a doctor help John with his unofficial investigation of Karen's death?

10. While John Berry does his work in the pathology lab during the busiest part of the day, who calls him, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Despite the fact that Peter Randall seems to be hiding something and may be implicated in Karen's death, John Berry likes him and hopes to find him innocent. Why? What bonds these two doctors? Why do they have a cordial rapport in spite of apparently working on opposing sides of Art's case?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the pros and cons of abortion as presented by the author in this novel. Why does Dr. Arthur Lee perform abortions even though they are illegal? How and when does he justify abortion? In what cases does he refuse to perform one?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss some of the instances when John Berry poses as someone else: for example, a police officer, an attorney, a relative, a drug buyer. Why does he pose as someone he is not? In each case, what information does he gain? Can it be argued that "the end justifies the means?" Why or why not?

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