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

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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. Where does Cole go at the end of Chapter 5?

2. What does Chen's crime scene visitor point out to him at the crime scene?

3. Where is Karen's body found?

4. Who do Cole, Pike, and Dolan go see in Chapter 15?

5. What marks the place where Riley and Eugene reached the water?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Cole think Sobek is going when the police barge into Sobek's house trying to arrest him?

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

3. Why does Pike come to Cole's house in Chapter 10, and how do they interact?

4. Why does Evelyn Wozniak call Cole?

5. Why does Frank Garcia fire Pike and Cole?

6. Why does Dolan go to Frank Garcia's house in chapter 15?

7. What are Cole and Pike looking for at Karen's apartment?

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

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

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

The theme of motive runs throughout the book. Explain what motives are present in the story. How does each motive contribute to the story's development? Is one motive more important than another in the story? Are the motives valid or off-base? Explain the reasoning behind each motive and how each motive plays a role in the story.

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

Throughout the book, the reader learns about Joe Pike's childhood and military past through flashbacks. How have those events from Pike's past influenced his character? How are those past events connected or related to current events in Pike's life? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

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