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. What does the judge make it impossible for Stone to do?

2. Allison tells Stone that Paul made monthly alimony payments to his first wife in the amount of _____________.

3. What is the name of the woman's yacht?

4. What is Stone's profession?

5. Paul may have felt he was better off dead because of ____________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Allison Manning and how does Stone come in contact with her?

2. What does Stone learn about Libby from Allison and why is he concerned that she has shown up?

3. Who is Hilary Kramer and what is her role in the story?

4. Why is Allison unable to elude the police as she tries to escape from the island?

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

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

7. Who is Arrington Carter and what is her relationship with Stone?

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

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

10. What request does Sir Leslie make of the court regarding Stone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Woods use the literary technique of local color in "Dead in the Water"? What elements comprise local color? Give some examples of the local color in St. Marks establishments, in the characters, and in the events.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Sir Winston. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 3

Explain Woods' use of humor in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where he did.

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