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. 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 Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Death of an Expert Witness belongs to the literary genre of mystery/detective fiction. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly define the term genre and offer examples of it from your own reading experience. Why do you think it is useful to categorize fiction into genres? What could be a disadvantage of doing so?
2. What do you think is the main motivation for a person to read a mystery and detective novel? Is entertainment a good enough reason? Are there any other reasons to read this genre? What? Explain fully.
3. In "academe," mystery/murder novels are often thought of as less literary than some other genres and for that reason are sometimes "snubbed" in the study of literature. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with this "snobbery"?
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