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 is the tattoo on one man's chest?

2. From whom does Dave obtain assistance?

3. Why does Dave rough up Jerry?

4. What is parked down the street from Dave and Annie's house?

5. What does Annie tell Dave to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Dave find out from Robin?

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

4. Describe Minos P. Dautrieve.

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

6. Briefly describe Robin Gaddis.

7. What does Dave find when he dives down?

8. Who calls Dave and what does he want?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Burke chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Burke chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss James Lee Burke's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Burke use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

It becomes increasingly obvious that Dave is willing to sacrifice his simple and enjoyable life in order to become involved with the ugly side of life in Louisiana and to set things aright, as he sees it. Discuss the following:

1. Analyze the process of Dave becoming involved, then retreating, then becoming involved, then retreating, etc., and why you think he vacillates so much.

2. Discuss the aspects of Dave's personality that makes it very difficult for him to forget the plane crash.

3. If Dave had stayed away from the plane crash investigation, it is likely Annie would still be alive. How do you think this knowledge impacts Dave? Use specific examples from the story to illustrate your point.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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