Cruel & Unusual Test | Final 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 is Charlie Hale?

2. Over what do Benton and Scarpetta discuss their cases during the holidays?

3. Why was Jennifer Deighton writing to Waddell?

4. Who does Scarpetta actually hire as a lawyer?

5. What was found on the envelope in Susan's home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Waddell's decision to give up appealing his case surprise Scarpetta?

2. What does Scarpetta learn about the bullets used in both Eddie Heath's and Susan's cases?

3. Why isn't anyone able to get fingerprints from Waddell?

4. What does Susan's husband tell the newspapers about Scarpetta?

5. What does Grueman confess about why he was so hard on Scarpetta in law school?

6. How does Scarpetta know that the killer only had access to crime scene pictures, not the crime scene itself, of Robyn's murder?

7. What does Scarpetta hypothesize about the killer from the information she learns from the bird expert?

8. Why is Benton concerned for Scarpetta's safety?

9. What does the bird expert say about the feathers found at every crime scene?

10. What do Benton and Scarpetta find when they darken Robyn's old house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dr. Scarpetta is a highly educated woman in a position of great power. Some might argue, however, that her character is unbelievable. Write a well-written argument discussing whether or not Scarpetta is a believable character and, if so, what three literary devices Cornwell uses to make her believable (or, in contrast, what literary devices Cornwell uses that makes her, in fact, unbelievable).

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the relationship between Lucy and Scarpetta. Using direct evidence from the text, make sure to address the following points: what their relationship has been like historically, what their relationship is like now, and what the reader learns about these 2 characters through their interactions with each other.

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