Darkly Dreaming Dexter 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 is the narrator waiting and watching for in Chapter 1?

2. What object does Dexter imagine bringing home?

3. What is cell crystallization?

4. Who is nicknamed "Einstein"?

5. Who confesses to being the Tamiami Trail killer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Detective LaGuerta? Do the other characters in the novel respect Detective LaGuerta? What is her relationship with Dexter like?

2. Compare and contrast Dexter and Deborah Morgan. Use specific details from the text to support your answer.

3. What does Dexter do on his date with Rita that upsets her? What is Dexter's reaction to the situation? What is he thinking about?

4. Why does Dexter attend the Metro's seventy-two hour meeting? Who is unhappy that Dexter is at the meeting? Explain.

5. Who says, "I am a very neat monster"? What is this character referring to?

6. Explain what Dexter believes the real Tamiami Trail Killer is going to do now that there has been an arrest in the murder case.

7. Who makes an arrest in the Tamiami Trail Killer case? Why does this person think they have the right suspect?

8. What is cell crystallization? How is it relevant to the murder victims?

9. Describe Dexter's feelings towards children. Does he want kids of his own? Explain.

10. Describe Dexter's dream in Chapter 7. What literary device is the author using through this dream?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose a death scene from the novel that reveals the values of the main character and the society in which he lives. In a focused essay, discuss the contribution the scene makes to the meaning of the work as a whole.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the major similarities and differences in a sequence of parallel or recurring events in Darkly Dreaming Dexter.

Essay Topic 3

In a critical essay, analyze the main conflict in Darkly Dreaming Dexter and discuss the moral and ethical implications for both Dexter and the society in which he lives.

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