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. What does Brenda do before she faints.

2. What happens to Dr. Lorrimer for about six months?

3. Why is Brenda's mother unhappy?

4. Who wants to see Dalgliesh after he is done at the Lorrimer house?

5. Whose letters do the detectives find in a locked drawer in Dr. Lorrimer's room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Domenica Schofield.

2. Describe Inspector Doyle.

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

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

5. What additional information does Dalgliesh learn from Angela Foley?

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

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

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

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

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

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

The murder of Stella Mawson comes late in the book. Discuss the following:

1. How does the murder of Stella Mawson contribute to the basic plot line or not?

2. How different would Death of an Expert Witness be if Mawson has not been murdered?

3. How did you as a reader react to Mawson's murder? Explain thoroughly.

4. Most readers have heard of the term "gratuitous violence" when referring to violence that seems to be a part of a story for no good reason. Is this true of Mawson's murder? Explain your thoughts with examples.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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