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 did Waddell want to attend his execution?

2. What does Marino want Scarpetta to prove to him?

3. What chemical does Scarpetta use to look for evidence in the dark?

4. Who technically owns Robyn Naismith's house?

5. Jennifer wanted to help Waddell with his ________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Scarpetta find the request to see her guns ridiculous?

2. Once Lucy discovers someone has tapped into AFIS, what is Benton's theory about Waddell's fingerprints?

3. Why does Jennifer's ex-husband like Scarpetta so much?

4. Why does Scarpetta head to Robyn's old house to get fingerprints?

5. Why does Benton not believe that Waddell would be capable of the recent murders?

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

7. What does Scarpetta accuse Ben of during the confrontation in Ben's office?

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

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

10. What personal advice does Marino give Scarpetta over lunch once rumors surrounding Susan's death have hit the papers?

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

Compare and contrast the characters of Marino and Wesley. How are they similar? How are they different? Make sure to use direct evidence from the text, such as examples and quotations, to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

What clues does Cornwell give the reader that demonstrates Scarpetta's innocence throughout "Cruel and Unusual"? What does Cornwell do to make that evidence seem believable to the reader in the face of other incriminating evidence?

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