Death of an Expert Witness Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 requested that Angela check the keys in the safe?

2. About what is Howarth relieved?

3. What does the caller tell Mrs. Bidwell early in the morning?

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

5. Where was Director Howarth the night before?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Stella Mawson.

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

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

5. Describe Adam Dalgliesh.

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. How is the staff at Hoggatt's Lab sorted for who needs to stay and who may go home?

9. What does Susan Bradley ask of Paul Middlemass and what does he do about the request?

10. What upsets Director Howarth about Dr. Lorrimer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Discuss the following:

1. Name two ideas/concepts you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze those ideas throughout the book and discuss whether you think P.D. James has an agenda concerning those ideas.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

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