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. Dexter says that however coarse and brutal Daryll Earl looked, the real threat to society was ______.

2. In what state does the novel take place?

3. The speed limit on Biscayne Boulevard is ______.

4. Who encourages Dexter to kill people who deserve it?

5. What is the tattoo of on the ankle of the murder victim in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What "trophy" does the Tamiami Trail Killer give to Dexter? For what reason does Dexter believe the killer gave him this trophy?

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. Who was first aware of Dexter's dark secret? What did this person advise Dexter to do?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. How does Dexter feel about killing and in what way does killing satisfy Dexter? How does killing affect his "dark schemata"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose a character from the novel, other than Dexter, whose mind is pulled in conflicting directions by two compelling desires, ambitions, obligations, or influences. Then, in a well-organized essay, identify each of the two conflicting forces and explain how this conflict with one character illuminates the meaning of the work as a whole.

Essay Topic 2

Identify a character who outwardly conforms while questioning inwardly. Analyze how this tension between outward conformity and inward questioning contributes to the meaning of the work.

Essay Topic 3

In a detailed essay, explain how the Dark Passenger affects and relates to Dexter. Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

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