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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 Dalgliesh think of the people in the library?

2. About what is Howarth relieved?

3. What is in the lab that is likely the murder weapon?

4. Why is Howarth upset with Lorrimer?

5. About what does Dalgliesh question Dr. Kerrison?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Howarth doing the night of Dr. Lorrimer's murder and how does he back up his story?

2. Describe Miss Willard.

3. What does Nell do after her father has left the house?

4. What does Brenda Pridmore talk about with her parents at breakfast and what is their reaction?

5. Describe Stella Mawson.

6. What does Howarth do after Dalgliesh arrives and what does Dalgliesh learn about the case?

7. How does the interview between Dalgliesh and Easterbrook go and what does Dalgliesh learn?

8. Describe Dr. Kerrison.

9. What do the detectives from in a locked drawer in Dr. Lorrimer's room?

10. What does Major Hunt tell Dalgliesh and Massingham about Dr. Lorrimer's will?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Death of an Expert Witness. What is it about a small village in England changes the plot compared to a setting in a large city in the United States? Does the fact that in England the death penalty is illegal make a difference in how the reader feels about Dr. Kerrison in the end?

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Death of an Expert Witness. How is the theme represented by symbolism, the characters' behaviors, or the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Death of an Expert Witness. How are the themes represented by symbolism, the characters' behaviors, or the action?

Essay Topic 2

It is essential that details in a murder mystery be accurate and adequate to fulfill the plot. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the plot of Death of an Expert Witness. Explain what constitutes the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement or resolution. What details add to each aspect of the plot?

2. Analyze James's use of details. Where are there too much or too little details? What would be the consequence of too many details in a murder mystery? Of too little? Explain your ideas fully using examples from the text.

3. Do the details throughout the text support the resolution? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Death of an Expert Witness, like many murder/mystery novels ends on an unhappy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many people want what they perceive as a happy ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Death of an Expert Witness and whether or not this book fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Death of an Expert Witness is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. State what you think are three characteristics of a successful novel and whether or not Death of an Expert Witness in your opinion is a successful novel. Give specific examples.

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