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. The narrator considers himself to be a ______ monster.

2. Who is Metro-Dade police's rival?

3. LaGuerta asks Dexter ______ times if he had seen the driver of the refrigerated truck.

4. Who is nicknamed "Einstein"?

5. What does Dexter find attached to his refrigerator?

Short Essay Questions

1. What question does Dexter say is the key to thinking about the killer? How would Dexter have done things different had he committed these murders?

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. Whose point of view the story is told from? How is this point of view useful in understanding the overall meaning of the novel?

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

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

9. What is Detective LaGuerta's hypothesis as to why the Tamiami Trail Killer did not finish cutting his victim? What does Dexter find wrong with her hypothesis?

10. What is the relationship between Deborah and Detective LaGuerta? How does LaGuerta display her dislike in Deborah?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the significance of the title Darkly Dreaming Dexter and analyze how it is developed throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Distinguish the character of Brian to that of Dexter. Explain their similarities and differences as detailed in the text.

Essay Topic 3

Pick a character from the novel in which a character's success in achieving goals depends on keeping a secret and divulging it only at the right moment. Briefly explain the necessity for secrecy and how the character's choice to reveal or keep the secret affects the plot and contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.

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