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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 the rector's wife talk non-stop?
2. Who is Miss Williard?
3. What do the detectives do immediately?
4. What is Domenica's occupation?
5. What does Stella say her publisher has for her?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Domenica Schofield.
2. Where does Brenda work the day after the discovery of the murder and what does she discuss with Director Howarth?
3. What additional information does Dalgliesh learn from Angela Foley?
4. Describe Maxim Howarth's thoughts about Domenica?
5. What does Dalgliesh learn from Miss Willard?
6. What does Dalgliesh ask Domenica and Howarth and what astounds the detectives with Domenica's reply?
7. What do the detectives learn from Mr. Lorrimer?
8. What does Dalgliesh learn from Domenica about Dr. Lorrimer?
9. What does Bradley tell Dalgliesh when questioned about the vomit?
10. Describe Brenda Pridmore's walk through the construction site.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Death of an Expert Witness. What is it about a small village in England changes the plot compared to a setting in a large city in the United States? Does the fact that in England the death penalty is illegal make a difference in how the reader feels about Dr. Kerrison in the end?
2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Death of an Expert Witness. How is the theme represented by symbolism, the characters' behaviors, or the action?
3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Death of an Expert Witness. How are the themes represented by symbolism, the characters' behaviors, or the action?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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