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 gives Butler a birthday present?

2. What profile is most likely inaccurate because every case in New York is different?

3. Who is walking through the East Village and just happens to look up when a concrete clock falls right beside her?

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

5. Who asks Edith to go to a seance?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Mallory cold when dealing with Edith before her trip?

2. What is of significance to the pawnbroker about the jewelry brought in by the junkie?

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

4. What is unusual about the puppy at Redwing's feet in the park?

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

6. What does Edith reveal about showmanship and fraud?

7. When Butler wakes up in the hospital, why is he confused?

8. When Butler realizes how powerful Edith is, what does he blame her for?

9. How does Mallory gain access into the theater where Gaynor is?

10. When Mallory goes to visit Redwing, what does she notice about Redwing's apartment?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the detecting techniques of the four sleuths of Mallory, Coffey, Riker, and Butler; cover how they each approach the murder and whether their intuitions were correct. Who actually solves the murders and how?

Essay Topic 2

O'Connell uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two themes about loss in the book. Then cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Mallory's personality invokes strong attraction for multiple characters ranging from Butler to Coffey. Why is this so? Whom is she attracted to if anyone? What is it about Mallory's personality that evokes protective instincts in men? What are some of her negative characteristics?

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