L.A. Requiem Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Crais
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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. Who is the man on the street listening to?

2. Where does Pike's flashback take place?

3. Why cannot Joe deal with the police?

4. Who were the letters to Karen from?

5. Who takes credit for the evidence discovered on the second day of investigation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Pike nervous about entering Parker Center, and what happens once he does enter?

2. How do Cole and Pike get access to Karen's crime scene?

3. Why does Cole turn off Dolan's car?

4. Describe the scene when Cole confronts Dolan in her car.

5. Who is Eugene Dersh and what is his role in the novel?

6. What strange thing does Cole discover about the criminalist's report?

7. Why does Cole talk to Curtis Wood?

8. Who is Samantha Dolan?

9. What does Cole learn at Riley Ward's office?

10. Describe the scene when PIke goes to see Eugene Dersh.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

L.A. Requiem is told from a first person point of view, using Elvis Cole as the narrator. How does having Cole as the sole narrator help or hinder the plot's development? What information can Cole provide the reader that other characters would not be able to provide? What information is hidden from the reader because Cole is the sole narrator? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

The theme of revenge plays an important role in the story. What characters are out for revenge and why? How does each character's notion of revenge differ? How does the character's desire for revenge shape that character's personality? How does revenge influence the plot? Use specific examples from the story in your response.

Essay Topic 3

Joe Pike works with two partners in the story. First, he works with the older cop, Abel Wozniak. Later, Pike teams up with Elvis Cole to create a private investigator agency. How are these two partnerships similar? How are they different? What does the reader learn about the characters through these partnerships? How does each partnership contribute to the plot's development? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

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