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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 does Susan think she will talk to for help about Cliff?
2. What does Mercer do?
3. Who cleans up after the meeting with the senior scientists?
4. What does Dalgliesh think about on the helicopter flight to Chevisham?
5. How is Angela during her initial interview with Dalgliesh?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Angela Foley.
2. How is the staff at Hoggatt's Lab sorted for who needs to stay and who may go home?
3. About what situation does Dalgliesh try to understand?
4. What does Nell do after her father has left the house?
5. Describe Dr. Kerrison.
6. What is Howarth doing the night of Dr. Lorrimer's murder and how does he back up his story?
7. What is the situation with Mawson and Foley's need for money and how is Dr. Lorrimer mentioned in regards to money?
8. Why does Blakelock go up to Dr. Lorrimer's lab and what does he tell Director Howarth when coming back downstairs?
9. How do Angela Foley and Stella Mawson come to be living together?
10. What does Howarth do after Dalgliesh arrives and what does Dalgliesh learn about the case?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Obviously, suspense/mystery is a part of the detective genre. Answer the following questions:
1. What do you think is the difference between suspense and mystery? Give examples to illustrate your ideas.
2. Does Death of an Expert Witness hold more suspense of mystery? Explain your answer with examples.
3. Would you rather read a mystery or a suspense or do you think there is any difference between the two?
4. Does Death of an Expert Witness offer enough suspense and/or mystery to keep you turning the pages? Why or why not?
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
The murder of Stella Mawson comes late in the book. Discuss the following:
1. How does the murder of Stella Mawson contribute to the basic plot line or not?
2. How different would Death of an Expert Witness be if Mawson has not been murdered?
3. How did you as a reader react to Mawson's murder? Explain thoroughly.
4. Most readers have heard of the term "gratuitous violence" when referring to violence that seems to be a part of a story for no good reason. Is this true of Mawson's murder? Explain your thoughts with examples.
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