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. What favor does Dolan ask Cole?

2. What do the police deny Cole?

3. What does Cole discover at the medical examiner's office?

4. Who visited Gene Dersh?

5. In what gang was Frank Garcia involved?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Karen find out that Pike is in love with another woman?

2. Why does Cole go to see Eugene Dersh after the autopsy?

3. Who is John Chen?

4. How did Pike and Karen meet?

5. Why do the media come to Karen Garcia's funeral?

6. What information does Jerry Swetaggen give Cole?

7. What does Cole see on the television when he returns home from Karen's funeral?

8. What happens to Edward Deege in Chapter 6?

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

10. How does Krantz react to Cole and Pike watching the investigation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

L.A. Requiem is classified as a crime thriller. The book has also been described as a mystery novel and a serial-killer novel. Which of these classifications is the most appropriate for the story? Why? What other descriptions could be appropriate for the book? Use specific examples from the story to explain and justify the response.

Essay Topic 3

Elvis Cole has two important relationships in the story--one with his friend and partner Joe Pike and another with his girlfriend Lucy Chenier. At times, the reader feels that Pike and Chenier are fighting for Cole's attention. Compare and contrast Pike's and Chenier's relationships with Cole. How does Cole balance between the two people? Why does he choose one over the other? How does the character who is pushed aside react? What do Cole's actions and his relationships with these two characters say about his personality? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

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