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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. In Chapter Two, who says, "put his head in a toilet"?

2. According to Dave, where does Didi Gee have lunch every Tuesday?

3. The three patrol cars that arrive at Annie's house come from what precinct?

4. Fitzpatrick is in charge of monitoring what?

5. Who says that Bobby Joe is better off as sausage links?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Dave first begins tailing Cletus, he notices that Cletus is hung over and apparently has a real problem with alcohol. What does Dave predict for Cletus's day?

2. In Chapter Ten, Dave meets Didi Gee at a restaurant. Describe the restaurant.

3. Where is Didi Gee's office located, and what type of businesses are run from there?

4. What clues make Dave suspicious of the Cataouatche Parish sheriff?

5. Why does Johnny, a criminal, want to give Dave, a cop, information? What information does he give him?

6. In Chapter Ten, Dave contemplates how he is not making much of a difference in the world. His brother Jimmie understands that and puts his energy into what pursuits?

7. What does Dave tell Captain Guidry about Cletus in Chapter Eleven?

8. What piece of advice does Dave recall from his father in Chapter Seven?

9. What happens to Dave after he has been given the cocktail?

10. What does the reader find out about General Abshire in Chapter Eight?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write about the theme of good versus evil citing examples from this book.

Essay Topic 2

"The Neon Rain" begins when Dave Robicheaux visits Angola penitentiary. The person he visits is hours away from execution, and there are groups both for and against his execution at the gate. Discuss what feelings or opinions Dave has about the death penalty in general and the man who is being executed.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 11, Captain Guidry mentions "hubris" as "that word they use when they're talking about characters in Shakespeare's plays." Hubris is similar to pride. Research and write about the origin of "hubris." Is the term the same as or slightly different from pride? Why does the author choose to mention this in this book? How does it apply?

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