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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. About what does Susan Bradley call Middlemass?

2. In what does Dr. Lorrimer get Brenda interested?

3. What does Nell have in her hand?

4. What does Dalgliesh want to be recovered in the bathroom sink?

5. Who calls searching for Dr. Lorrimer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do Dalgliesh and Massingham go at the opening of Book 4, Chapter 1 and what do they learn?

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

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

4. What do several witnesses on a bus tell the detectives?

5. Who do Dalgliesh and Massingham meet upon arriving at the Lorrimer cottage and what do they learn from the person?

6. How helpful is the interview with Cliff Bradley for Dalgliesh?

7. Why is Brenda Pridmore's mother upset and what does she want Brenda to tell Dalgliesh?

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

9. What does Dalgliesh learn upon interviewing Inspector Doyle?

10. Describe the conversation between Inspector Blakelock and Adam Dalgliesh and what Dalgliesh seems to be quite concerned about during the questioning.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

It seems that Dr. Kerrison should know a lot about crime and how a detective investigates a crime scene to be able to avoid some of the mistakes he makes that leads to his exposure as the murderer. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze throughout the book all the mistakes Dr. Kerrison makes. Are they stupid mistakes or is Dalgliesh so good that Dalgliesh is able to pick up on very tiny clues?

2. Sometimes it almost seems that a criminal wants to get caught. Do you think this is partially why Dr. Kerrison makes the mistakes he does? Why or why not?

3. Dalgliesh states that Kerrison almost seems relieved when the detectives drive up to arrest him. Why do you think this is?

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