Mount Dragon: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does Toni Wheeler advise Levine?

2. Who does Dr. Levine ask for help in accessing GeneDyne's computer system?

3. What does Carson climb on Sunday?

4. What does he learn while there?

5. How long is the mandatory lab closure that follows?

Short Essay Questions

1. What mistake does Carson make on his first day?

2. What does Susana discover about the Fever Tank?

3. What is significant about the satellite photos that Dr. Levine shows his lecture audience?

4. How does Mime force Guy to listen to Levine?

5. What is Brandon-Smith's problem with how Guy is handling the research he is doing?

6. What is Rosalind's behavior like when she is scratched? How does that affect Roger?

7. Teece conducts his interviews in a manner similar to Sherlock Holmes. In which way is that statement true?

8. What does Carson learn from Rosalind about his attempts to fix X-FLU? How does Rosalind's attitude come back to haunt her?

9. How does Levine manage to ensure the truth is revealed without actually revealing it himself?

10. Why does Levine so adamantly refuse to renew the patent he and Brent co-author?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Carson's assistant Susana de Vaca has a way of getting under his skin. How does she do that? Why does she persist in that behavior when she knows that it makes him angry? Despite his anger, how does the teasing by de Vaca tie into their survival later in the desert? Without this knowledge, Carson and de Vaca would likely not have survived their ordeal. Who do they owe their survival to and in how many instances was information from this person a direct benefit to them in their desert struggle?

Essay Topic 2

How does Levine reveal information to a televised audience after he has been warned not to do so? What human quality does he rely on to help him to reveal facts to the audience? Does this absolve him of responsibility in the eyes of the law? Would this hold up in light of the pending lawsuit against him? Knowing the nature of people, could Levine be sure that his method of revelation would work?

Essay Topic 3

How does this novel reveal that truth is subjective? What events are presented to minimize their effect or to maximize their advantage? Compare and contrast the methods used to spread information to methods used by any or all of large corporations today. What events in our history could compare to the way information was managed in this novel? In which ways are they similar or different?

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