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

2. Who gives Butler background on Margot's juvenile delinquency?

3. Who has a rap sheet with the SEC?

4. Who is upset because Mallory asked the business accountant for information so that she could run a separate audit?

5. When the dog hears his mistress's call, what does it do when it realizes that the woman is dying?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Mallory described in the book?

2. How is Siddon described in Chapter 4?

3. Why does Margot go to the bank?

4. Why is Mallory disconcerted when she meets Edith?

5. What is shocking about Mallory's discovery about her father dancing?

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

7. How was Mallory adopted by the Markowitz family?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe some of the settings for the book. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did O'Connell choose to use these places in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Who feels betrayed in Mallory's Oracle and in what ways? Who suffers as a result of this betrayal? What emotions are evoked by betrayal? Take a closer look at the different people involved and the roles they play.

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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