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. Why does Pike go to see Eugene Dersh?

2. Who is Joe Pike?

3. What does Aimes do to Pike?

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

5. Who does Frank blame for his daughter's death?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Cole go back to Lake Hollywood?

3. What information does Jerry Swetaggen give Cole?

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

5. Why is Eugene Dersh the LAPD's suspect in the five murders?

6. What happens to Edward Deege in Chapter 6?

7. Why is Cole angry when he arrives at the coroner's office?

8. Why does Dolan come to Cole's house in Chapter 18?

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

10. Why does Cole talk to Curtis Wood?

Essay Topics

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

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.

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