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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 surprises Brenda Pridmore?
2. What about the concert facility does Dalgliesh question Middlemass?
3. What does Dalgliesh think of the people in the library?
4. What does Nell do with the candle?
5. In what does Dr. Lorrimer get Brenda interested?
Short Essay Questions
1. How helpful is the interview with Cliff Bradley for Dalgliesh?
2. What upsets Director Howarth about Dr. Lorrimer?
3. What does Susan Bradley ask of Paul Middlemass and what does he do about the request?
4. How do Angela Foley and Stella Mawson come to be living together?
5. Why is Dr. Lorrimer's father calling and what does Brenda offer to do?
6. What is the situation with Mawson and Foley's need for money and how is Dr. Lorrimer mentioned in regards to money?
7. Describe Stella Mawson.
8. How does the interview between Dalgliesh and Easterbrook go and what does Dalgliesh learn?
9. What is Howarth doing the night of Dr. Lorrimer's murder and how does he back up his story?
10. Describe Adam Dalgliesh.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Death of an Expert Witness. What is it about a small village in England changes the plot compared to a setting in a large city in the United States? Does the fact that in England the death penalty is illegal make a difference in how the reader feels about Dr. Kerrison in the end?
2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Death of an Expert Witness. How is the theme represented by symbolism, the characters' behaviors, or the action?
3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Death of an Expert Witness. How are the themes represented by symbolism, the characters' behaviors, or the action?
Essay Topic 3
Brenda Pridmore's character serves at least two functions in the novel. Discuss the following:
1. Analyze Brenda Pridmore's character. What are her strengths, weaknesses and personality? Is she a sympathetic character?
2. One of Brenda Pridmore's function in the story is to be as "ignorant" as the reader about criminal investigations and evidence gathering in order to ask questions that the reader might ask and thus educate the reader. How well does Brenda Pridmore serve in this function?
3. A second function for the character of Brenda Pridmore is to serve as a literary foil to several of the character. Define the term "literary foil" and analyze how Pridmore serves as a foil and to what characters and how she does so.
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