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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 does Dalgliesh think of the people in the library?

2. About what is Howarth relieved?

3. What is in the lab that is likely the murder weapon?

4. Why is Howarth upset with Lorrimer?

5. About what does Dalgliesh question Dr. Kerrison?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Miss Willard.

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

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

5. Describe Stella Mawson.

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

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

8. Describe Dr. Kerrison.

9. What do the detectives from in a locked drawer in Dr. Lorrimer's room?

10. What does Major Hunt tell Dalgliesh and Massingham about Dr. Lorrimer's will?

Essay Topics

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.

There are a number of characters who hate and/or dislike Dr. Lorrimer. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss Director Howarth's feelings towards Dr. Lorrimer. Are they reasonable and justified? On what grounds do you think the feelings arise? Do you think Dr. Lorrimer feels the same way towards Director Howarth? Do you think Howarth's feelings towards Dr. Lorrimer are strong enough to lead Howarth to commit murder?

2. Discuss Domenica Schofield's feelings towards Dr. Lorrimer. Are they reasonable and justified? On what grounds do you think the feelings arise? Do she ever care for Dr. Lorrimer? Do you think Domenica's feelings towards Dr. Lorrimer are strong enough to lead her to commit murder?

3. Discuss Cliff Bradley's feelings towards Dr. Lorrimer. Are they reasonable and justified? On what grounds do you think the feelings arise? Why do you think Cliff makes the comments he makes in the library as the staff is awaiting the arrival of Dalgliesh? Do you think Bradley's feelings towards Dr. Lorrimer are strong enough to lead him to commit murder?

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?

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