Mallory's Oracle Test | Final Test - Hard

Carol O'Connell
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom does Mallory finally say goodbye on the street?

2. Whose obituary is in the newspaper?

3. Who emerges as a reluctant hero/ine by the end of the novel?

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

5. Who does Butler want to find in the photograph on Edith's mantel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 2

Who feels betrayed in Mallory's Oracle and in what ways? Who suffers as a result of this betrayal? What emotions are evoked by betrayal? Take a closer look at the different people involved and the roles they play.

Essay Topic 3

O'Connell uses more than one iteration on the motif of life-death-life. Identify at least two motifs about life-death-life in the book. Then cite an example to support each answer.

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