Dead Irish Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Lescroart
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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. How is the man killed at the ballpark?

2. Why does Frannie think that Eddie may have been overwhelmed on the day he died?

3. Who is the homicide detective assigned to the case at the ballpark?

4. How does Dismas realize that Eddie was right-handed?

5. Why would Nika be interested in leaving Sam?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dismas surmise about Linda Polk's feelings about her father's new marriage?

2. Who is Dismas Hardy and what is the state of his life as the novel begins?

3. What is the dilemma facing the funeral director if Eddie's death is ruled a suicide?

4. How does Dismas get involved in another murder investigation while with Abe?

5. Who is Abe Glitsky and how does he know Dismas?

6. What is the dynamic of the Cochran family as presented after Eddie's death?

7. What is Father Cavanaugh's relationship with the Cochran family?

8. What physical evidence does Dismas glean that proves to him that Eddie did not commit suicide?

9. What does Father Cavanaugh tell Dismas about Eddie's concerns about what was going on at Army Distributing?

10. Who is Steven Cochran and how does Dismas try to befriend him?

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

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Dismas, Jane, and the Cochrans. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, and socialization.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

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