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. What movie does O'Connell make references to by Alfred Hitchcock in Chapter 4?

2. Who is becoming delirious from a lack of food and sleep and sees her/his rapist on the subway?

3. Who discuss computer scans and Edith Candle's fortune?

4. Who comes to the gate of the Gramercy Park entrance and is ignored by Cathery?

5. Who turns out to be very willing to discuss the murder cases with the cops surprisingly even though one of them will be the next target?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the end, how does Mallory act by Markowitz?

2. Why does the pawnbroker call Mallory?

3. Despite what limitations does Butler like Cathery?

4. When Butler goes to Edith's house, how does he determine changes that help him as clues to the investigation?

5. How is Mallory described in the book?

6. Why is Sloop unable to tell the exact time of death of Markowitz?

7. How does Butler handle Mrs. Pickering request for help and her doubts about her mother's pet medium?

8. What does Edith reveal about showmanship and fraud?

9. Why was Redwing never prosecuted prior to the Markowitz case?

10. What is Redwing charged with when Mallory's associates round her up from her apartment?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 3

Foreshadowing is the use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in the novel. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the use of foreshadowing in the book. Why does O'Connell insert foreshadowing into the novel? is it effective? Why or why not?

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