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 were the letters to Karen from?

2. Who long did the police work the crime scene?

3. How is the lawyer connected to Karen?

4. What does Cole notice about his surprise visitor in Chapter 18?

5. Who discovers Karen's body?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why will the police at Parker Center not work with Joe?

4. Why does Lucy Chenier move to Los Angeles?

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

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

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

8. Why do Cole and Pike drive to Lake Hollywood?

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

10. Describe the scene when the police barge in on Pike and Cole in Karen's apartment.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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