A Is for Alibi 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. Kinsey asks Nikki to pay her $1000 up front for her investigative work. How much does Nikki write a check for?

2. When they talk at Rosie's, what does Nikki say was her reason for staying with Laurence?

3. How does Kinsey travel to Nevada?

4. Once Kinsey gets inside Sharon's apartment, what does she find there?

5. Whom does Kinsey interview after she leaves Nikki's former home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kinsey find out about the Fife children by talking to Gwen at her dog-grooming business?

2. What other case has Kinsey started working on when she is approached by Nikki?

3. How does Kinsey get to Las Vegas?

4. What happens when Kinsey gets to Sharon's apartment?

5. The day after meeting Charlie Scorsoni, Kinsey meets Gwen Fife. Where do they meet, and what does Kinsey learn?

6. Kinsey confronts Lyle after she leaves the Glass residence by following him to his workplace. How does he respond to her questions about Libby?

7. Immediately after taking on Nikki's case, Kinsey turns her attention to Charlie Scorsoni, Laurence Fife's law partner. What is the result of this?

8. Kinsey and Nikki discuss how Laurence died. What was the cause of his death?

9. What does the reader find out about the city of Santa Teresa in Chapter 2?

10. After meeting Sharon at the casino, Kinsey goes back to her motel room to sleep, still feeling sick, and is woken up by a phone call from Sharon at 8:30 that night. What happens while Kinsey is on the phone with Sharon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how dialogue serves as a device to enhance:

(1) Exposition

(2) Characterization

(3) Foreshadowing

(4) Resolution

Give one example from "'A' Is for Alibi" that illustrates each of these elements.

Essay Topic 2

The role of the protagonist is portrayed in "'A' Is for Alibi" in both a positive and a negative light. Give at least three examples from the novel that characterize Kinsey in both these lights. Analyze one aspect of her behavior in the novel that shows her, as a protagonist, less than perfect.

Essay Topic 3

Define the component of the literary element of plot known as exposition. What purpose does it serve in writing? Give four examples of Sue Grafton's use of exposition in "'A' Is for Alibi" that enhance the novel.

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