Heaven's Prisoners Test | Final 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. Why does Claudette get angry?

2. What does Dave conclude about Bubba?

3. Where does Dave apply for a job?

4. What does Jerry tell Dave about Romero?

5. Who visits Dave later that night after Claudette?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens that Dave is able to start his new job?

2. Why does Dautrieve question Dave about dead men turning up?

3. What happens with Dave's visit to Monroe?

4. Describe the night of Annie's murder.

5. Describe Victor Romero.

6. What does Dautrieve warn Dave about and what is Dave's response?

7. Describe Claudette Rocque.

8. What does Dave decide about Bubba?

9. What murder scene does Dave investigate?

10. What does Victor Romero attempt?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss. Be sure to include specific examples to illustrate the theme you are discussing. How do specific characters help illustrate the theme? Would this novel be different without the theme? How? Is the theme one that could be considered universal? Why or why not :

1. Trace and analyze the theme of violence.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of murder.

3. Trace and analyze the theme of betrayal.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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