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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 Mr. Lorrimer remember about a conversation with a woman who calls earlier in the week?

2. Who does Dalgliesh meet outside Mr. Lorrmier's home?

3. What is the name of Dr. Lorrimer's home?

4. How is the man seen running from the lab the night before described?

5. What does Dalgliesh believe about Stella's death?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Dalgliesh find during his search of the chapel?

3. What do Angela Foley and Stella Mawson talk about before Stella leaves the house?

4. What does Bradley tell Dalgliesh when questioned about the vomit?

5. Describe Miss Willard.

6. Describe the scene at the chapel when Dalgliesh and Massingham arrive and what do they do.

7. Describe Maxim Howarth's thoughts about Domenica?

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

9. Describe Domenica Schofield.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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