Playing for the Ashes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Elizabeth George
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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 song does Chris sing in the kitchen as he prepares the food?

2. Which Rod Stewart song does Lynley think of as he climbs the stairs of his girlfriend's apartment building?

3. What is the name of the detective who is first to arrive at the scene?

4. Which newspaper does Olivia say dedicates itself to factual information?

5. What does the author say walking into Miriam's house is like walking into?

Short Essay Questions

1. What information about her does Olivia say her mother wouldn't want people to know?

2. How did Chris help to change Olivia's life?

3. Who does Mrs Whitelaw think could have accessed the cottage?

4. What does Olivia remember about her mother's relationship with Kenneth?

5. What do Jimmy and his sibling do at Island Gardens Station?

6. Why doesn't Jean like to hear people talking about her son?

7. What does Flo say in her phone message to Havers?

8. Why was Olivia angry with Chris the first time she went out with him on a rescue?

9. How did Mrs. Whitelaw rekindle her relationship with Kenneth after the death of her her husband?

10. What new information does Lynley find out about Olivia in this section?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is the Lynley and Helen subplot important to the story? How does the subplot effect Lynley's attitude towards the case? What does this subplot suggest about future books in the Lynley series?

Essay Topic 2

What does the novel say about sexuality? In terms of the this theme what does Olivia's prostitution of her herself and the way she teases her father say about sexual repression? In what way is sexual repression often connected with British society?

Essay Topic 3

Why are Havers' differences and similarities as people? How do their differences and similarities help form an effective partnership?

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