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 did Louis Markowitz do for work?

2. Who is at a family barbecue when he is called to the scene when Mallory is putting Markowitz's wedding ring back on his finger?

3. What was Whitman most afraid of before her death?

4. Who goes to Mallory's apartment to tell her that she is on compassionate leave?

5. Who calls Mallory and informs her that two of the suspects had alibis for some of the murders but not all of the murders?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Mallory act at the crime scene of her father?

3. How is Mallory described in the book?

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

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

6. What does Edith reveal about showmanship and fraud?

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

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

9. Why is Mallory disconcerted when she meets Edith?

10. What does one of Butler's tenants tell him about the building and other tenants?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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 3

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?

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