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. How is Susan Stone killed?

2. What has Scarpetta bought Susan as a Christmas gift?

3. How easy is it for Lucy to get into Scarpetta's database?

4. Where did Susan tell others she was going to before she was murdered?

5. Where does Waddell's body have strange abrasions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What medical case/situation does a detective ask for Scarpetta's advice on while she is dealing with Waddell's body?

2. What happened to Scarpetta's boyfriend Mark?

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

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

5. Describe Scarpetta's personal life.

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

7. What does Scarpetta think of Heath's wounds?

8. What evidence points to murder instead of suicide at the scene where Jennifer's body is found?

9. What is so strange about the prison warden's behavior at the holiday party Scarpetta attends?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe at least 4 ways that the novel is changed ,either positively or negatively, by having detailed cooking scenes with Scarpetta. Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Present an argument that discusses whether or not Lucy's ability to hack into the AFIS system is believable or not. Make sure to list at least 3 reasons, with direct evidence from the text, to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

The only married character in "Cruel and Unusual" is Benton Wesley, and his wife is rarely seen in the story. Discuss why Cornwell chooses to have no strong example of a loving, healthy marriage for any of the characters in "Cruel and Unusual."

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