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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 missing and therefore cannot substantiate rape?

2. What word clue does Kay's team find from slivers of paper from the ashes?

3. What does Kay learn about Beryl's telephone number?

4. Who is the only person who can discuss the details of Beryl's case with Sparacino?

5. What does Sterling know about Beryl's last manuscript?

Short Essay Questions

1. Sterling tells Kay that although Cary loves Beryl, she has let him down. What is his reaction?

2. In Chapter 1, how does Pete know that Beryl has not eaten a snack before she is killed?

3. In Chapter 4, why does Joni Hamm believe that the killer gets in and out of vehicles all day?

4. In Chapter 9, what does Pete learn about Jeb Price?

5. What item is missing from Beryl's personal effects, and how does Sparacino go about getting information from Kay about it during their meeting?

6. How is Mrs. McTigue acquainted with Beryl?

7. In Chapter 8, where does Sterling have Kay sleep, and how comfortable is Kay?

8. How do newspaper headlines implicate Kay, and why does this prompt Ethridge to caution her?

9. Why does Beryl speak at the meeting as a favor?

10. What does Kay learn from Sterling Harper?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 17, Kay says that she "regrets not killing Frankie, but that Frankie is never born." Given what you know about Kay, is this statement out of character for her? Why or why not? Cite examples from the book to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

In "Body of Evidence," we learn much about Kay Scarpetta and Beryl Madison. Beryl's life takes her down a path that ends in her murder; Kay becomes a physician, attorney, and chief medical examiner. What differences are there in their upbringings and experiences that results in Kay's success -- and Beryl's demise?

Essay Topic 3

Although we know that Pete and Kay have totally different personalities and work styles, Pete shows total commitment for Kay's safety and security. What actions does he take, and why is he so devoted to Kay, as different as they are?

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