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 is Mallory doing surveillance on even though she is a rookie?

2. Who finally tells Mallory that the reason Redwing has never been prosecuted is that one of the complainants vanished and the other died from a massive heart attack induced by fear?

3. Whose photos does Butler notice are missing in the house in Gramercy Park?

4. Who visits Edith's apartment and asks if Edith has Redwing's new address and phone number?

5. Who does not want Mallory to attend Edith's seance?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mallory regret about Markowitz at the end of the novel?

2. What does Mallory believe will be over when she returns from her trip?

3. How does Mallory act in the investigation that raises alarms for her tendency of being a sociopath?

4. What is Redwing charged with when Mallory's associates round her up from her apartment?

5. When Butler realizes how powerful Edith is, what does he blame her for?

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

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

10. How does Mallory get Redwing's contact information from Edith?

Essay Topics

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

Edith and Gaylor are two intriguing characters involved with seances.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Edith had a direct influence upon? What are some events that Gaylor had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support to the seance group? Which one is stronger and why?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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