Heaven's Prisoners Test | Mid-Book 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 happens to Jerry years earlier?

2. How many people does Monroe tell Dave were on the plane?

3. Who is Jerry Falgout?

4. How could Dave and Annie's relationship be characterized?

5. What does Dave don?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dave begin his investigation?

2. What does Dave conclude about the incident in the bayou?

3. What do Dave and Annie tell Alafair about her mother and what do they do to help Alafair start healing emotionally?

4. Describe Minos P. Dautrieve.

5. Who does Dave think about as he is sitting in church and what are his thoughts on the subject?

6. Where does Dave go after a phone call from Batist?

7. What do Dave and Annie witness as they are about to have lunch?

8. Who visits Dave at his home and what does Dave learn and why does he make another dive?

9. What does Dave learn when he sees Dautrieve the day after the bayou incident?

10. Describe Annie Robicheaux.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Annie wants Dave to live a life resigned of all involvement in the shady side of life. She wants him to remain sober and entirely detached from any police-type involvement--and she is very verbal and increasingly forceful about her desires in this regard. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze Dave and Annie's relationship. Is it stable? Loving? What causes the problems in the relationship when there are problems?

2. Do you think it is fair of Annie to ask Dave to stay out of the situation that revolves around the plane crash? Does she expect him to be someone he is not?

3. Annie meets Dave after he has already resigned from the police force in New Orleans; therefore, she marries a man who is not engaged in police operations. Do you think she would have married Dave had he still been a police officer?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 3, Alafair's story is brutally graphic and presented at some length, but has no involvement with the remainder of the plot. Discuss the following:

1. Briefly summarize what Alafair tells Dave and Annie through and interpreter. Does her story sound authentic? Why do you think Burke goes into Alafair's story to great detail but it really is not relevant to the rest of the book? Is he setting her up to become a regular character in future novels? Why or why not?

2. Do you think a six-year-old is cognizant enough to offer a brutal and graphic description of her former life? If so, is she capable of understanding what she is relating? What emotional repercussions do you think Alafair will suffer from the time in her previous country?

3. Do you think Dave should keep Alafair after Annie's death? Does he have the emotional capability to give Alafair what she needs--after all, Alafair has suffered much emotional trauma in her few short years and may need professional help and a stable home. Can Dave provide both?

Essay Topic 3

Dave takes the law into his own hands when he decides to beat up Keats and then when he goes after Romero, one of his wife's murderers. Discuss the following:

1. When (or if) is it justified to mete out your own justice to someone who has wronged you or a loved one and broken the law in doing so?

2. What do you think it says about Dave's beliefs about the criminal justice system that he is his own judge and executioner?

3. Do you think Dave's beliefs about the justice system could influence his work as a police officer?

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