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 area of New York City does O'Connell describe along with victims in the first two chapters?

2. Who is urinating against a wall in Manhattan that Mallory fails to notice?

3. Who is Siddon terrified of in New York?

4. Who does Mallory follow to the campus theater?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Butler able to relate to Cathery?

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

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

6. What does Mallory notice or fail to notice as she wanders through Manhattan on her way to meet Gaynor?

7. Why is Mallory disconcerted when she meets Edith?

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

9. How is Margot described in Chapter 5?

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

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 loss. Identify at least two themes about loss in the book. Then cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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