Plum Island Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nelson Demille
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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. Why does Nash think it may be difficult to determine if the Gordons removed any samples from Plum Island, in Chapter 4?

2. What position did John hold before he got injured?

3. What type of artwork does Dr. Zollner have hanging in his office?

4. What type of things do they study on Plum Island, according to Ted Nash?

5. What quality does John think Beth lacks to make a good detective?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reasons does John come up with, when contemplating Gordon continuing the case in Chapter 6?

2. Describe the appearance of Paul Stevens.

3. Why does John think that the person Detective Penrose is going to meet in Chapter 3 is really from the FBI or CIA rather than the Department of Agriculture?

4. What did the Gordons tell Margaret Wiley they planned to do with the land they purchased from her?

5. Why does John decide to meet Detective Penrose to talk with the man from the Department of Agriculture?

6. Describe the Olde Towne Taverne.

7. Why were Tom and Judy Gordon sometimes mistaken for celebrities?

8. Describe the appearance of Ted Nash when John is introduced to him in Chapter 4.

9. Why does Max want to bring John on as a consultant in the Gordon case?

10. Describe the appearance of Donna Alba.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One recurrent theme in Plum Island is that of authority, those who blindly follow it, and others who defy it. Using specific textual examples, compare and contrast at least two approaches or attitudes toward authority as demonstrated by specific characters.

Essay Topic 2

One of the literary tools employed by DeMille in Plum Island is the use of paradox and irony. Give examples of where DeMille has employed verbal or situational irony and discuss in detail how this use of irony has furthered the plot, developed characters, or strengthened a theme.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout Plum Island, there are several journeys made both on sea and by land by different characters. Discuss at least two specific journeys and how they could be viewed as extended metaphors for character development of the characters who undertake these journeys.

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