Eyes of Prey Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Sandford
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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 Druze use to kill the wife?

2. Who gave Druze instructions?

3. What is the name of the victim?

4. Where is this snitch located?

5. What is the woman's professional name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Michael Bekker's course of action before going to his wife's funeral?

2. What is Lucas' next move in trying to locate Bekker's killer? What does Lucas learn?

3. Who is Carlo Druze? Describe his personality and motives.

4. Examine the scene in which Lucas and Del are in the bar. What action takes place?

5. What disturbing information does Merriam give to Lucas regarding Bekker?

6. Describe Lucas Davenport.

7. Describe the scene that takes place at Stephanie's funeral. What is the atmosphere?

8. Why does Bekker ask Druze to look at a line up of photos? What types of photos are they? What is Druze's reaction?

9. Who is Elizabeth Armistead? Why has she been killed? How was the body discovered?

10. Who is Michael Bekker? Describe his personality and motives.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The process of death and existence of the soul are major fascinations for Michael Bekker. Examine Bekker's obsession with physical death and the soul. Is there a specific reason Bekker is obsessed with these things? Is it why he kills patients? Examine the conversation between Bekker and Lucas on the topic. Is the obsession the reason Bekker became a doctor or was the obsession created because he is a doctor? Also examine Bekker's ideas regarding the creation and existence of the soul and what happens to it after the body dies.

Essay Topic 2

Symbolism is an important part of a mystery, often giving clues to the reader and the story's detective. What are the ways in which Sandford uses symbolism in his stories? Give examples of blatant symbolism and more subtle symbolism. Compare and contrast the symbolism used in Sanford's mysteries and the mysteries written by another famous author.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters, plots, settings, and outcomes of the stories woven into "Eyes of Prey." Use the scenarios in another one of Sandford's series of books for comparison. How do the story lines differ? What is the conclusion of each story? Which lead character did you like better? Explain.

Discuss Sandford's use of Minnesota for the setting in the Lucas Davenport series. Why do you think Sandford chose Minnesota? How accurate do you think the setting is in regards to the real location? What areas are most commonly referenced in the story? What other location might have worked as well, if not better, than Minnesota? What is unique about the setting? What regionalisms are exhibited by Davenport and the rest of the characters? Explain.

Davenport is well known as a successful video game inventor. Discuss how Davenport got into the business. What was the original idea? How are video games developed? What kinds of games are Davenport's specialty? Is it expensive to develop a game? Where does Davenport do his work? Who helps Davenport test the games? How do you think the video game business affects Davenport's police work? Do you think Davenport will stay with the business as well as the police force? If not, which job will he quit?

Davenport is often viewed as a rogue cop, one who does not play by the book. Discuss this behavior. How is Davenport's method helpful to his work? How might it hinder or jeopardize an investigation? How do Davenport's colleagues feel about his behavior? Is Davenport viewed as an asset or liability by his commander? What kind of reprimands might Davenport receive for his unusual methods? Does Daniel know about Davenport's antics? Explain.

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