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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. Who is Inspector Blakelock?

2. Where is Eleanor Kerrison sitting?

3. How does Inspector Blakelock behave while being questioned by Dalgliesh?

4. What does Cliff Bradley assert over and over to Dalgliesh?

5. Who stays with Mr. Lorrimer immediately after the news of his son's death is given him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What upsets Director Howarth about Dr. Lorrimer?

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

3. Why is Dr. Kerrison leaving his home in the middle of the night and what is his biggest concern?

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

5. Describe Mrs. Bidwell.

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

7. Describe Adam Dalgliesh.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare and contrast Dr. Lorrimer with Dr. Kerrison. How are they similar and how are they different? Do you think Dr. Lorrimer's hatred of Dr. Kerrison had any basis in Dr. Lorrimer's own self image?

2. Compare and contrast Director Howarth with Domenica Schofield. How are they similar and how are they different? Can you tell where they have similar issues by being half siblings?

3. Compare and contrast Adam Dalgliesh with John Massingham.How are they similar and how are they different? How are their investigative styles alike or different? How do they interact with people differently?

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes of the novel, as alluded to over and over, is the idea that the investigation into a crime disregards all claims to privacy. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the ways in which Dr. Lorrimer's privacy is violated after his death. Is this right and necessary? Is there any way to conduct an investigation to discover his murderer without violating his privacy?

2. Not only is Dr. Lorrimer's privacy violated, but so, too, is the privacy of several other characters. Discuss two other characters (besides Dr. Larrimer) whose privacy is violated in the course of the murder investigation. Is this invasion of privacy right? Necessary? Is there any way to conduct an investigation to discover the murderer without violating these people's privacy?

3. In the "real" world, many times the privacy of the victim's and perpetrator's families are also violated. Do you believe the police and press have the right to invade innocent people's privacy? What can be done to minimize the effects of this on the families of those involved in a crime? Do you think the criminal's family deserves as much respect to privacy as the victim's family? Why or why not? Do Nell and William deserve privacy?

Essay Topic 3

Nell Kerrison is introduced in the first few chapters. Though she may not be considered a major character, her emotional problems are what ultimately inadvertently condemn her father as a murderer. Additionally, her father chooses to confess his crimes in order that Nell does not have to testify against him. Discuss the following:

1. Briefly analyze Nell's character. What are her strengths and weaknesses. How do her weaknesses cause problems for Dr. Kerrison?

2. Do you believe Dr. Kerrison loves William more than Nell? Why or why not? Use specific examples.

3. What sort of impact do you think it will have on Nell when she realizes she exposes her father as a murderer?

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