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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. As the story opens and Elena is out running, whose presence in her life is Elena resenting?
2. By Chapter 10, who does Havers believe is the prime suspect in Elena's murder?
3. How many children does Penelope Rodger have?
4. Where does Lynley meet with Dr. Cuff?
5. Who does Lynley meet with in Chapter 11 that denies ever being Elena's lover?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Glyn want an open casket public viewing of Elena's body?
2. What did Anthony Weaver's assistant tell Lynley about the night before Elena was killed?
3. How is Sarah Gordon's alibi confirmed for the day Elena was killed?
4. As Barbara Havers is introduced in the story, what decision is Barbara contemplating?
5. What is a Ceephone?
6. After driving her mother to an assisted-living facility, why does Barbara Havers return to Acton?
7. What does the preliminary report into Elena's murder state?
8. How would life change if Anthony Weaver is awarded the Penford Chair?
9. As the story opens, one of the characters has decided to take up drawing and painting again. Why?
10. How did Elena's difficulties in adjusting to life at Cambridge manifest themselves?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare Adam Jenn and Gareth Randolph.
a. How are the two characters similar in terms of their personal and professional lives?
b. How are the two characters similar in their personality characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses?
c. Looking forward, how might being involved with Elena have affected each of these men as they moved forward with their lives? Would they be similarly affected?
Essay Topic 2
Compare the characteristics, roles, loyalties, and agendas of the following people in the story: Sarah Gordon, Justine Weaver, Glyn Weaver, and Rosalyn Simpson.
Essay Topic 3
One of the main themes is this novel involves deceptive appearances.
a. Identify three characters that use deceptive appearances to further their interests.
b. Why do these characters rely on deception?
c. What is the outcome for these characters? Were they successful in their endeavors or would they have been more successful if they had not been deceptive?
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