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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

Probably one of the most important literary techniques in a detective novel is foreshadowing. However, much of the foreshadowing is only obvious by the end of the book. P.D. James gives plenty of clues as to the outcome of the main plot and so the reader should not be totally in the dark by the end of the book. Discuss the following:

1. Find ten instances of foreshadowing in earlier parts of the book and discuss how they are fulfilled later in the book.

2. Besides foreshadowing, many mysteries contain many devices sometimes called "red herrings." Define red herring and then discuss five examples of that in the book.

3. Why do you think foreshadowing is inherent in a murder mystery? What would be the effect on the story if there were no foreshadowing? What if there were no red herrings?

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

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.

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