Mallory's Oracle Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Carol O'Connell
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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 is Butler's cleaning lady?

2. Who had Markowitz on videotape, saying that he was a natural and a wonderful dancer?

3. Who carried the board for Mallory to her car?

4. When the lights in the theater go out, who barks orders at everybody?

5. What is Mallory allowed to keep even though she is on compassionate leave?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Butler able to relate to Cathery?

2. What does Mallory notice or fail to notice as she wanders through Manhattan on her way to meet Gaynor?

3. How do Kaplan and Mallory interact at the crime scene?

4. Why is Margot unable to prove that she is related to Siddon?

5. Why is Butler upset with Mallory in her new office in his building?

6. Why is Butler's presence at poker important?

7. What does Butler do at Markowitz' funeral that shocks everyone?

8. Why does a dog jump out the window in the prologue?

9. How is Margot described in Chapter 5?

10. Why does Mallory run out screaming from the seance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the novel's title. Why do you think the author named the book Mallory's Oracle? Now that you have read the book, how does that alter your understanding of the title? Are you intrigued to find a sequel or more mysteries with Mallory? Why or why not? Cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

How is sexuality portrayed in Mallory's Oracle? Which characters appear overtly sexual? Which characters are sexually appealing to others and why? What sexual taboos are broken and what issues are raised in relation to sex?

Essay Topic 3

Both Mallory and Butler are important characters.

Part 1) Compare Mallory to Butler. How are these two characters similar and how are they different?

Part 2) What psychological purpose or insight does Mallory offer? Elaborate on this.

Part 3) Mallory offers to examine the past of the murder suspects. What is implied in this decision and how does it reveal that the murder motive is connected to the past of the murderer and not the present circumstances alone?

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