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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 does Director Howarth know Dr. Lorrimer looked at a book on Howarth's desk?

2. About what does Dalgliesh question the cleaning lady?

3. Who seems emotionally immune to the process of an autopsy?

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

5. What does Brenda Pridmore start to do but then stops?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Blakelock go up to Dr. Lorrimer's lab and what does he tell Director Howarth when coming back downstairs?

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

8. Describe Stella Mawson.

9. Who arrives at the lab before any one else and what surprises one of them?

10. Describe the conversation between Angela Foley and Adam Dalgliesh.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several instances of irony in Death of an Expert Witness. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly define and offer several examples of irony.

2. Find three cases of irony in Death of an Expert Witness. Describe the situation and why you think it is ironic.

3. There is another type of irony called "dramatic irony." Thoroughly define the term "dramatic irony," and find at least one example of it in Death of an Expert Witness and explain why you think it is dramatic irony.

Essay Topic 2

Most of the action of the story is based upon the main plot--that of finding Dr. Lorrimer's murderer. However, there are a couple minor sub-plots in the novel. Discuss the following:

1. What is a sub-plot? Do you think most works of fiction have at least one sub-plot? Why or why not?

2. Identify 2 subplots in Death of an Expert Witness. Identify the parts of the sub-plots you examine such as exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution and whether the sub-plot contains all these elements.

3. What do you think is the purpose of the 2 sub-plots you identify? Discuss with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Angela Foley's grandmother has nothing to do with Angela as Angela is growing up and even allows the young girl to go to an orphanage when her mother dies. Discuss the following:

1. Does it make sense for the grandmother to take her dislike of her daughter out on her granddaughter? Why or why not. Is it ethical or moral? Or is it an ethical or moral issue? Explain.

2. How do you think it impacts Angela as a child for her grandmother to reject her especially after Angela's mother dies? How do you think this may have influenced her choices as an adult?

3. What personality traits do you think Angela holds as a result of being caught in the cross-hairs of the feud between her mother and grandmother?

4. Do you think Angela is capable of murder? Why or why not?

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