New York Dead Test | Final Test - Hard

Stuart Woods
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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 does Van Fleet kidnap?

2. How much is Stone authorized to pay to have the job done?

3. Who is Stone's date?

4. What was the man's former occupation?

5. Approximately how old is Teddy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the exchange between Stone and Elaine. What disturbing news does Elaine deliver?

2. What does Stone do to lose himself while thinking through his options?

3. Discuss the results of Teddy's covert operation. What is Eggers' reaction? What is Stone's reaction?

4. Why does Stone go to see Frank Woodman? What is the result of the meeting? What shocking information is delivered?

5. Explain the exchange between Cary and Stone regarding his retirement.

6. Discuss the details of Stone's conversation and agreement with Bill Eggers.

7. What happens on the night Stone takes a cab from Elaine's? What major incident occurs on the street?

8. Explain the scene in which Stone checks out the executive apartments.

9. Describe Stone's first day at Woodman and Weld.

10. Discuss the meeting between Stone and Dino. What is the main topic of conversation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stone believes that Cary married Barron for two reasons. The first is that Barron is wealthy and has a good social standing; the second is that she will never be required to testify against Barron, saving both of them from a great deal of trouble. In the United States, a spouse cannot testify in a case against the other spouse. Why? Write an essay on testifying against a spouse. How might this law affect the Nijinsky case? Is this a smart move on Cary's part? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Symbolism is an important part of a mystery, often giving clues to the reader and the story's detective. What are the ways in which Woods uses symbolism in his stories? Give examples of blatant symbolism and more subtle symbolism. Compare and contrast the symbolism used in Woods' mysteries and the mysteries written by another famous author.

Essay Topic 3

Stone Barrington is a no-nonsense cop turned attorney in Manhattan. Examine Barrington's career. Why do you think Eggers wanted to hire Barrington? Does Barrington have any knowledge of criminal law? How do Eggers and Barrington know each other? Write a complete character description of Stone Barrington. Include physical descriptions and other information gleaned from the text.

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