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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 the main character introduced first in this chapter?
2. What disguise do Scarpetta and the investigators think a serial killer might be using to lure victims?
3. Who calls Dr. Sessions about the murders of Deborah and Fred?
4. Why were police called to the crime scene?
5. What was found in the other abandoned cars, but missing from Deborah's Jeep?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the problem with the cartridge casing Scarpetta finds at the Cheney-Harvey murder scene?
2. Describe Scarpetta's reaction to the newspaper headlines after the abandoned Jeep was found.
3. How does Scarpetta's Italian background influence some of her decisions?
4. Why is Scarpetta concerned about the bodies of Cheney and Harvey being moved?
5. What's stressful for Scarpetta in dealing with parents?
6. In Chapter 9, what issues does Scarpetta have with the FBI's surveillance of the woods?
7. Describe how Pat Harvey might be feeling when she first arrives at the rest stop where her daughter's abandoned Jeep has been found.
8. What does Marino think the killer did to get Fred to go into the woods without resistance?
9. Why does Scarpetta struggle over spending time with Abby Turnbull in Chapter 3?
10. Why does Scarpetta think her personal competence as the chief medical examiner is being called into question?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Toward the end of the book, Benton Wesley discusses what he thinks are the psycho-sexual urges that motivated Steven Spurrier to kill. Explain how the contents as well as the condition of Spurrier's home supports or undermines Wesley's conclusions about Spurrier. Be specific.
Essay Topic 2
Explain how each of the following incidental characters moved the plot along. Use examples from the book to support your answers.
Dammit the dog
Essay Topic 3
Below are three examples of a character or piece of information presented in the story that ultimately proved unimportant in solving the crime. With each example, explain what purpose you think the author had in mind by introducing these elements into the story.
Pete Marino's wife
Scarpetta's niece, Lucy
Deborah Harvey's breast-reduction operation
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