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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 encounter does Blakelock describe to Dalgliesh?

2. Where was Director Howarth the night before?

3. About what does Susan Bradley call Middlemass?

4. Who stays with Mr. Lorrimer immediately after the news of his son's death is given him?

5. How does Inspector Blakelock behave while being questioned by Dalgliesh?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mrs. Bidwell show Dalgliesh?

2. What does Paul Middlemass tell Dalgliesh and about what does Middlemass lie?

3. Who arrives at the lab before any one else and what surprises one of them?

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

5. Describe Stella Mawson.

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

7. How does Dr. Kerrison act and what does he say when the two detectives confront him?

8. How does Dalgliesh sum up his investigation so far at the end of the first day?

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

10. What does Dalgliesh think about concerning his interview with Dr. Kerrison?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare and contrast Dr. Lorrimer with Dr. Kerrison. How are they similar and how are they different? Do you think Dr. Lorrimer's hatred of Dr. Kerrison had any basis in Dr. Lorrimer's own self image?

2. Compare and contrast Director Howarth with Domenica Schofield. How are they similar and how are they different? Can you tell where they have similar issues by being half siblings?

3. Compare and contrast Adam Dalgliesh with John Massingham.How are they similar and how are they different? How are their investigative styles alike or different? How do they interact with people differently?

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

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?

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