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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 is the killer that arrives at Edith's apartment?
2. Who gets shot outside Edith's apartment in the struggle with the killer?
3. In the cryptic conversation with the mystery caller contacted by Evenroe, who was blamed for the death of the child-bearing person?
4. Who panhandles and calls Henry for money?
5. Who is in Mallory's apartment that describes who the killer was and why while parts of the board jump up?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Butler wakes up in the hospital, why is he confused?
2. When Mallory realizes she has been drugged, how does she get help?
3. What does Mallory regret about Markowitz at the end of the novel?
4. When Butler visits Edith, what does he discover about Mallory?
5. How is Mallory cold when dealing with Edith before her trip?
6. After Gaynor's death, where is the blame for the murders going?
7. When Mallory goes to visit Redwing, what does she notice about Redwing's apartment?
8. What is unusual about the puppy at Redwing's feet in the park?
9. How does Mallory act in the investigation that raises alarms for her tendency of being a sociopath?
10. What is Butler told is the reason for his presence in the hospital?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 betrayal. Identify at least two themes about betrayal in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.
Essay Topic 3
Both Mallory and Butler are important characters.
Part 1) Compare Mallory to Butler. How are these two characters similar and how are they different?
Part 2) What psychological purpose or insight does Mallory offer? Elaborate on this.
Part 3) Mallory offers to examine the past of the murder suspects. What is implied in this decision and how does it reveal that the murder motive is connected to the past of the murderer and not the present circumstances alone?
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