Death of an Expert Witness Test | Final 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. How does the rector's wife describe Mr. Lorrimer and his son?

2. With whom does Miss Williard ride to church?

3. How long has Mawson been dead?

4. What do the detectives do immediately?

5. What have the returned lab tests on the case shown?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dalgliesh ask Domenica and Howarth and what astounds the detectives with Domenica's reply?

2. What does Dalgliesh learn upon interviewing Inspector Doyle?

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

4. What does Dalgliesh learn from Domenica about Dr. Lorrimer?

5. What does Major Hunt tell Dalgliesh and Massingham about Dr. Lorrimer's will?

6. What do the detectives learn from Mr. Lorrimer?

7. What does Angela Foley do when she learns of Stella's death and what does Dalgliesh believe about the death?

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

9. Describe Dr. Lorrimer.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nell Kerrison is introduced in the first few chapters. Though she may not be considered a major character, her emotional problems are what ultimately inadvertently condemn her father as a murderer. Additionally, her father chooses to confess his crimes in order that Nell does not have to testify against him. Discuss the following:

1. Briefly analyze Nell's character. What are her strengths and weaknesses. How do her weaknesses cause problems for Dr. Kerrison?

2. Do you believe Dr. Kerrison loves William more than Nell? Why or why not? Use specific examples.

3. What sort of impact do you think it will have on Nell when she realizes she exposes her father as a murderer?

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

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.

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