Mallory's Oracle Test | Final 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 sees a cop outside her window and realizes that the bank incident is responsible for the cop's presence?

2. Who is told that a piece of metal is lodged in his/her chest?

3. What kind of dog suddenly turns on its owner and attacks the owner's child, showing the first sign of violence ever in its life?

4. Who has amnesia and is in the hospital recovering from a near-death experience?

5. How does Mallory get a lot of her information about the case?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Butler told is the reason for his presence in the hospital?

2. When Butler visits Edith, what does he discover about Mallory?

3. In the end, how does Mallory act by Markowitz?

4. How does Butler meet Fanny Evenroe and what do they discuss?

5. Why is Redwing such a serious threat according to Edith and others?

6. What did the director do with the information Redwing gave him?

7. When Butler goes to Edith's house, how does he determine changes that help him as clues to the investigation?

8. After Gaynor's death, where is the blame for the murders going?

9. When Butler wakes up in the hospital, why is he confused?

10. How is Mallory cold when dealing with Edith before her trip?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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