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. How is the lawyer connected to Karen?

2. Where does Cole have to go the next morning after observing the Karen Garcia crime scene?

3. What kind of work is the man on the street looking for?

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

5. Who does Cole look for after the autopsy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Pike know Frank Garcia?

3. Why is Frank Garcia blaming the police for Karen's death?

4. Why does Cole turn off Dolan's car?

5. How did Pike and Karen meet?

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

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

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

9. Why does Cole go back to Lake Hollywood?

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

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

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 3

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.

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