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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 Dave learn about Claudette from Dautrieve?
2. What does Dave contemplate?
3. What does Dave do when Keats comes into the bar?
4. Who is just arriving at Dave's house one day as he drives up?
5. Why is the sheriff angry with Dave?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the ongoing argument between Annie and Dave and what does Dave try to do to please Annie about the issue?
2. What does Romero tell Dave when he calls Dave and what is Dave's reaction?
3. What is the consequence of Claudette's visit?
4. Describe the confrontation between Dave and Romero.
5. Why does Dautrieve question Dave about dead men turning up?
6. What is the government offering Romero and why is Dave informed of the fact?
7. What does Dave do with this new information he gains from Dautrieve about Keats?
8. Who does Dave go to see after Annie is buried and what happens?
9. Why does Claudette come to Dave's home and what does she do?
10. Describe Victor Romero.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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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