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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. As Jack Hendricks prepares to do an autopsy on Karen Randall, who arrives and performs the procedure instead?

2. Without being asked, William Randall makes sure that John Berry knows what?

3. When John goes to Smith College to investigate more about Karen, he speaks with Karen's roommate. What is her name?

4. When does Dr. Conway always conduct his autopsies?

5. When John shares with Peter Randall that he feels Karen's autopsy shows she was not pregnant, what does Peter say?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does John decline to help when he is asked if he wants to assist with Karen's autopsy?

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

4. Why is John surprised to see J.D. Randall performing open heart surgery?

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

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

7. How does J.D. Randall deflect pointed questions John Berry asks of him during their first conversation?

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

9. Why does John take a sample of Karen's blood to Dr. Jim Murphy?

10. John Berry compares his puzzlement over Art Lee's case with "the Peru case." What is the Peru case to which he refers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

J.D. Randall accuses John Berry of harassing his family members. Do you agree or disagree with his assessment? Is John harassing, or is he merely trying to get to the truth? Is there a difference between the two? Does J.D.'s accusation come with ulterior motives?

Essay Topic 2

Often, John Berry seems to realize that he speaks his mind too freely and offends people or hurts their feelings. Does he do anything to try to change his gruff directness with people? Does he ever benefit from such brutal candor? If so, how?

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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