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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. What kind of shirt is Julio Segura wearing in Chapter Two?

2. Who is Lovelace Deshotels?

3. In Chapter Seven, whom does Dave call to harass from the bar?

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

5. Who's father was a milkman in the Garden District?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what does Dave bait Murphy in the beginning of Chapter Seven that elicits a reaction from Murphy?

2. In Chapter Two, what is it about the dead girl that makes Dave suspicious?

3. What does Dave learn in Chapter Five that is related to the execution of Johnny Messina.

4. Why is Fitzpatrick angry with Dave in Chapter Five?

5. What happens when Dave is fishing on Bayou Lafourche in Cataouatche Parish?

6. Why is Dave suspicious of the Cataouatche Parish deputies who pull him over?

7. What does Dave learn about Bobby Joe Starkweather from Wesley Potts?

8. What does Didi Gee suggest the dead girl was doing before being killed?

9. Discuss Cletus' marital problems.

10. What does Dave learn about his partner from Julio Segura?

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

In the Epilogue, the reader learns that Dave is reinstated but decides to resign. In your opinion, what are Dave's reasons for resigning? As "The Neon Rain" is the first in the Dave Robicheaux series, what do you predict the second book will do with Dave's situation as a retired cop?

Essay Topic 3

By Chapter 2, the reader is introduced to two police officers, one who currently works in vice, and the other who used to work there. According to Dave, things never went well when he "had to deal with the people in vice." Discuss the impression you get about the type of people who work in vice. Be sure to discuss both Sergeant Motley and Cletus Purcel.

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