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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 about the concert facility does Dalgliesh question Middlemass?

2. What does Dalgliesh want to be recovered in the bathroom sink?

3. Who is teaching Brenda?

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

5. Where was Director Howarth the night before?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene between Cliff and Susan Bradley as she is breastfeeding their new baby.

2. What upsets Director Howarth about Dr. Lorrimer?

3. What does Paul Middlemass tell Dalgliesh and about what does Middlemass lie?

4. What does Mrs. Bidwell show Dalgliesh?

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

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

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

8. Describe Angela Foley.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Inspector Adam Dalgliesh is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he almost always comes solves the crime in this book and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, is it more admirable to have a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and does not always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Dalgliesh who you might call a hero/heroine in Death of an Expert Witness and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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