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. In Chapter 13, Dexter senses ______ was broken into.

2. What object is thrown at Dexter's car?

3. Dexter says that he has a small reputation for ______.

4. Where do Dexter and his girlfriend go for their date?

5. In what city do the murders in the novel take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Dexter follow the refrigerated truck? What happens after the truck driver realizes that Dexter has been following him?

3. Describe Rita. Who is she to Dexter? How is she the perfect girlfriend for Dexter?

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

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

6. What gift does the intruder leave Dexter? What is symbolic of this gift?

7. What are the priest's final words? Why do you think he says this?

8. After much consideration, what is Dexter's hypothesis of the Tamiami Trail Killer's reason for not finishing the cutting of his victim? To whom does he tell his hypothesis to? Does Dexter think the Tamiami Trail Killer will kill again? Explain.

9. Why are Dexter's co-workers surprised to see him at the crime scene in the beginning of the novel? What is Dexter's reaction to this news? Explain.

10. Why does Dexter go out for a drive in the middle of the night? What is he hoping to find?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze how a stereotyped character or characters in Darkly Dreaming Dexter function to achieve the author's purpose of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Choose a character found in Darkly Dreaming Dexter that can be considered morally ambiguous, behavior which discourages readers from identifying them as purely evil or purely good. Explain how the character can be viewed as morally ambiguous and why his or her moral ambiguity is significant to the work.

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