Cruel & Unusual 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. Who solved the case that sent Waddell to prison?

2. Who tells Scarpetta that Waddell's execution is taking place as planned?

3. How does Susan's sister die?

4. In what city does Dr. Scarpetta work?

5. Who initially helps Scarpetta with Jennifer's autopsy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Susan get upset while doing Jennifer's autopsy?

2. What has happened to Eddie Heath?

3. What is Scarpetta's feeling on the death penalty?

4. Why is the prison nearly empty when Marino and Scarpetta go to investigate Waddell's execution?

5. Why does Jennifer's neighbor not like her?

6. What happened to Marino's partner before Waddell was caught?

7. What does Lucy think is going on with Waddell's fingerprints supposedly being found at Jennifer's death scene?

8. What does Marino think of the way Heath was killed?

9. What does Marino confess to Scarpetta about his dating life while over at her house on Christmas?

10. What does Lucy suggest about what has happened to Scarpetta's computer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some fans of the Scarpetta series have been disappointed in later books in the series. They believe that Cornwell has drifted away from what makes Scarpetta so appealing in the first place. Discuss the 3 most appealing aspects of Scarpetta's character. How does Cornwell convey those characteristics to the audience so that the reader is drawn into the book/series?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss at least 3 ways the novel would change if it were written from the perspective of Detective Marino OR Special Agent Wesley. What are 3 literary devices Cornwell could use to write from these 2 different characters' perspectives?

Essay Topic 3

Present a well-reasoned paper arguing whether the reader is supposed to find Lucy a likable (intelligent, funky young adult) character OR an unlikable (spoiled, bratty, obnoxious teenager) character. Make sure to use specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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