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 can Mallory beat to the campus if she takes the subway?

2. Who is Butler's cleaning lady?

3. Where does Mallory have a house in New York after Markowitz dies?

4. In a message Edith gets on her wall after attending the seance, who might die?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the pawnbroker call Mallory?

3. When Mallory tells Butler about the seance, what conclusions does he draw about people and information?

4. Why does Margot stab a man in the subway?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Edith reveal about showmanship and fraud?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

O'Connell uses more than one iteration on the theme of betrayal. Identify at least two themes about betrayal in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 2

Appearances can be deceiving. Make a time line that shows the progression of your knowledge as a reader into the characters of the murder suspects. Which characters reveal the theme of appearances can be deceiving most?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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