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 when Dave turns his back on a man he is helping?

2. What does Annie do as Dave moves the boat?

3. Of what heritage is Dave's father?

4. For what does Dave rail against law enforcement?

5. Where do Dave and Annie take the girl?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Dave find out from Robin?

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

5. What does Annie see down the street and what does Dave do about it?

6. Where do Dave and Annie go when they dock their boat?

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

8. What police department did Dave work for and why is he no longer employed there?

9. What do Dave and Annie do with the young girl they name Alafair?

10. Describe Minos P. Dautrieve.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 9, Dave continues his job but begins to drown in unwanted paperwork. He is good street cop but the administrative side of the job is definitely not his strong point. Discuss the following:

1. What does Dave have to do administratively that is so consuming and onerous for him? What aspects of his personality make this paperwork so difficult for him to deal with?

2. Do you think there should be some way for men and women who are really good beat cops but lousy on paperwork to have assistance with the paperwork aspect of the job? Why or why not?

3. What could be some advantages in filling out paperwork? Disadvantages?

4. Is there too much paperwork in general in the American culture? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Interesting characters contribute a great deal to the success of most novels. Discuss one of the following using specific examples from the text in your discussion:

1. Dave is singly the most important and most visible character of all the characters. Discuss Dave's most prominent character strengths and flaws and how they impact the other characters in the novel.

2. Define the term "character foil" and discuss which characters serve as a "foil" to Dave's character. How do they do so? Why do they do so? How does having a foil to a character help define and make that character more complex? How does it do so in Dave's case?

3. Discuss four secondary characters. What are their flaws and strengths? How do they contribute or detract from Dave's efforts at a normal, quiet life? What is Dave's opinion of each of the four characters? Does he like them? Tolerate them? Admire or despise them? Use specific examples from the text in your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think HEAVEN'S PRISONERS is successful as a detective novel? Why or why not.

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of James Lee Burke's Robicheaux series? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not.

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