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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 does Director Howarth respond to Dalgliesh's question about what Dr. Lorrimer is like outside of work?

2. Who goes to tell Dr. Lorrimer's father about the doctor's death?

3. About what does Dalgliesh question Dr. Kerrison?

4. Whose son is Massingham?

5. What does Mrs. Bidwell tell Dalgliesh about the lab coat?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what situation does Dalgliesh try to understand?

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

3. What upsets Director Howarth about Dr. Lorrimer?

4. How is the staff at Hoggatt's Lab sorted for who needs to stay and who may go home?

5. Why is Dr. Lorrimer's father calling and what does Brenda offer to do?

6. About what does Adam Dalgliesh speak to his boss?

7. What is the situation with Mawson and Foley's need for money and how is Dr. Lorrimer mentioned in regards to money?

8. Describe Stella Mawson.

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

10. How do Angela Foley and Stella Mawson come to be living together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It seems that Dr. Kerrison should know a lot about crime and how a detective investigates a crime scene to be able to avoid some of the mistakes he makes that leads to his exposure as the murderer. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze throughout the book all the mistakes Dr. Kerrison makes. Are they stupid mistakes or is Dalgliesh so good that Dalgliesh is able to pick up on very tiny clues?

2. Sometimes it almost seems that a criminal wants to get caught. Do you think this is partially why Dr. Kerrison makes the mistakes he does? Why or why not?

3. Dalgliesh states that Kerrison almost seems relieved when the detectives drive up to arrest him. Why do you think this is?

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 is one book in a series of novels involving Adam Dalgliesh. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing and reading a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

2. What are two disadvantages of writing and reading a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier or more difficult to write a standalone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.

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