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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 visited Gene Dersh?
2. Who is Joe Pike?
3. How many times has Cole been to the medical examiner's office?
4. Who is waiting at Cole's house in Chapter 10?
5. Where was Krantz's previous job?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Pike go to Karen's crime scene? Who does he find there?
2. Why does Pike come to Cole's house in Chapter 10, and how do they interact?
3. What strange thing does Cole discover about the criminalist's report?
4. Why does Dolan go to Frank Garcia's house in chapter 15?
5. How does Pike know Frank Garcia?
6. Why does Cole talk to Curtis Wood?
7. What does Cole discover in the letters in Karen's room?
8. What happens to Edward Deege in Chapter 6?
9. Why do Cole and Pike drive to Lake Hollywood?
10. Why is Pike nervous about entering Parker Center, and what happens once he does enter?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are two characters than can be considered antagonists in the story--Laurence Sobek and Harvey Krantz. Which antagonist is the true villain? How does each antagonist shape the plot line? How is each confronted by the protagonists in the story? Does either antagonist change in the story? How? 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
A majority of the book takes place in Los Angeles. How does the author use the setting to develop the plot? How is the setting connected to events in the novel? How does the setting impact the characters' development? Use specific examples from the text in the response.
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