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 does Alafair say about her upbringing?

2. What does Dave don?

3. What is the tattoo on one man's chest?

4. What sport does Dautrieve play in college?

5. What does Dave surmise about the occupants of the plane?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dave find out from Robin?

2. What does Dave learn from Robin before she leaves town?

3. What is an indication of Robin's possibly over drinking?

4. Describe Annie Robicheaux.

5. What are Dave and Annie doing when the novel opens?

6. Describe Minos P. Dautrieve.

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

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

9. Describe Dave Robicheaux.

10. How do Dave and Annie learn more about Alafair?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 3, after Dave is beaten rather severely and spends the night in the hospital, he talks with the local sheriff. During the interview with the local sheriff, Dave quickly concludes that the sheriff has no intention of doing anything. Discuss one of the following:

1. Why do you think the sheriff seems uninterested in following up on a person being beaten? Do you think this is common law enforcement practice? Do you think if the sheriff had taken action and arrested Eddie Keats, Dave would not have taken punishment into his own hands and not sparked off a chain of violence? Does violence beget violence in other works and in a sense is Dave partly responsible for Annie's death and perhaps even the sheriff who declines to take the first act of violence seriously.

2. It seems many people in the "real" world expect a lot of police officers when it comes to protecting them and their property, but when it comes to enforcing laws that the people themselves break, they think the police are unfair to too zealous. (for example, the way many people respond to a ticket for a driving violation). Is this fair to the police officers? Is it just human nature to respond when "caught"? Discuss fully using examples from the book and your own experiences.

3. Trace and analyze the actions of enforcement officers, both local police and the INS and DEA agents. Are they all ethical? Humane? Competent? What are their motives for police work? Use specific examples to illustrate your statements.

Essay Topic 2

Dave rescues a little girl from the submerged plane and after taking her to a hospital for a checkup where they say she is their daughter they take her home and decide to keep her. Discuss the following:

1. How likely is it that in the "real" world a couple could get away with taking home a "stray" child and just deciding to keep her?

2. Do you think Dave and Annie are doing the right thing in keeping the girl (who they name Alafair)? Why or why not?

3. Is it ethical to keep a child when she could have blood relatives who might be concerned about her and would want to keep her as part of the family?

4. How will Dave and Annie produce the necessary documentation for school attendance and other legalities? Do you think Dave will forge the necessary documents and how could Dave justify breaking the law given that he was a police officer and returns to police work during the course of the story?

Essay Topic 3

Claudette murders her husband, Bubba, in a seemingly cold, calculated way. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the relationship between Bubba and Claudette. Why do you think the two marry initially? What goes wrong in their relationship?

2. How do you think Claudette is able to murder someone with whom she has lived and been involved with sexually? Do you think Bubba brings the murder on partly because of his abuse of Claudette?

3. Does Bubba get what he deserves? Should Claudette receive the death penalty? Do you think she could use the battered wife syndrome as a defense? (You may need to research that term).

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