Dead in the Water Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Stuart Woods
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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. Why can Stone not defend Allison in her trial?

2. Why does Stone return to Allison's yacht in Chapter 17?

3. Why had Stone's girlfriend not been able to meet him on the island?

4. On St. Marks, anyone convicted of a crime is often _____________________.

5. How much was the value of Paul Manning's life insurance policy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Stone use Paul Manning's medical report in the coroner's inquest?

2. What does Bob Cantor find out about Paul Manning's financial situation and why does Stone negate Bob's assertions that Paul may have killed himself?

3. Who is Chris Wheaton and what is her role in the peripheral trial activities?

4. What does Sir Winston insinuate about Allison's role in her husband's death at the coroner's inquest?

5. What does Stone learn from Sir Leslie about the drastic punishment inflicted on guilty parties in St. Marks?

6. What are the terms of Allison's bail, and what are consequences if she should violate it?

7. What is Allison's story regarding her husband's death?

8. What is the message of the fax which Stone receives from Arrington?

9. What is Stone's plan for putting some public pressure on Sir Winston regarding the case?

10. Why does Jim Forrester want to be present when Allison gives an interview to the reporter from 60 Minutes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of greed. Identify at least two themes about greed in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 2

"Dead in the Water" is a modern-day mystery story. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Woods' writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in "Dead in the Water".

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