Darkly Dreaming Dexter Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jeff Lindsay
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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. What is the first word of the novel?

2. In Chapter 3, who finds the murder victim?

3. What object does Angel hold up at the end of Chapter 10?

4. According to Dexter, why did the murder suspect not finish cutting his latest victim?

5. What is cell crystallization?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

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

5. Describe in detail the process by which Dexter captures his first victim of the novel. Where does he take his victim?

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

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

8. Who is Dexter Morgan? Who is his father and what was his occupation? Describe the relationship Dexter has with his father.

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

10. For what reason does Dexter say he does his job? Does he do it to catch the bad guy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze Jeff Lindsay's use of personification throughout the text. Use specific examples from Darkly Dreaming Dexter to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the relevance of the setting of Miami to the plot of the novel. Why is the setting important to the understanding of Darkly Dreaming Dexter?

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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