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 takes Cole and Pike off of the Karen Garcia case?

2. Who gets in Frank Garcia's face at Karen's funeral?

3. What did Pike's father do to him when he was younger?

4. Where does Cole live?

5. What does the killer inject into his body?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Cole think is strange about Krantz when he visits Parker Center in Chapter 11?

3. Who is John Chen?

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

5. Why do the media come to Karen Garcia's funeral?

6. How did Pike and Karen meet?

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

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

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

10. What does Cole discover in the letters in Karen's room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The reader does not learn a great deal about Pike's emotions and personal relationships with women. In the story, Pike has intimate relationships with two women--Paulette Wozniak and Karen Garcia. Describe these two relationships. How are they similar? How are they different? How do these relationships show another side of Pike the reader has not seen previously? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

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