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. With whom does Susan catch a ride on the day most employees cannot come to work?

2. What is the name of the guard who searches Scarpetta when she goes to see where Waddell was executed?

3. Whose office is Scarpetta in when she finally figures out to whom the secret file was sent?

4. What was Jennifer's relationship like with her ex-husband?

5. When was Jennifer married?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has happened to Eddie Heath?

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

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

4. What is Scarpetta looking for on people's computers while she is trying to figure out who hacked into her own machine?

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

6. Who is Nicholas Grueman?

7. What suspicious call does Scarpetta get while in the lab after Jennifer's autopsy?

8. Describe Scarpetta's personal life.

9. What do Lucy and Scarpetta do on Christmas morning?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Given what you know about Scarpetta's character, address why she is so hesitant to discuss the money she took out of her account to help the Hales. Make sure to discuss at least 3 specific events or decisions in the novel that help develop the reader's awareness of Scarpetta's personality that lead her to not be open about her offer to the Hales.

Essay Topic 2

Murder mysteries, those by Patricia Cornwell in particular, are an especially popular type of novel. Discuss at least 4 aspects of Cornwell's writing style that resonates so strongly with such a large audience. Cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Some critics have noted that Benton Wesley is a boring character. Write a well-written argument that discusses whether or not this is a fair criticism. Use specific evidence from the text to support your position.

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