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 calls for Joe at Karen's apartment?

2. Who comes to Cole's house on the day of the funeral?

3. Where do Joe and Elvis go first to look for Karen?

4. Where is Karen Garcia buried?

5. What type of relationship do Riley and Eugene have?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the police department want to keep quiet about a possible serial killer in town?

3. What happens to Edward Deege in Chapter 6?

4. What information does Jerry Swetaggen give Cole?

5. Why does Cole talk to Curtis Wood?

6. Why does Pike go to Karen's crime scene? Who does he find there?

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

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

9. Why does Cole go back to Lake Hollywood?

10. What does Cole discover in the letters in Karen's room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several minor characters in the book (John Chen, Lucy Chenier, etc). Identify the minor characters that contribute the most to the story. Describe how each character is important to the plot development and character development of the main characters. Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Curtis Wood/Laurence Sobek spends much of his time trying to look and act like Joe Pike in order to frame him for multiple murders. Compare and contrast Pike and Sobek/Wood. How are they similar? How are they different? What must Sobek/Wood change about himself to make him more like Pike? Why was he or why was not he successful at his impersonation? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

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