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. What does John find in a book about boat navigation at the Gordons' house that seems suspicious?

2. What item does John notice is missing from the Gordon boat in Chapter 2?

3. What time did the police department receive the call about the Gordons' murder?

4. Where is the sister lab to Plum Island?

5. What type of residents occupy the North Fork of Long Island?

Short Essay Questions

1. What advice does John give to Sally Hines about the crime scene?

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

3. What is Dr. Zollner's theory concerning the Gordons' deaths in Chapter 11?

4. Why doesn't John think that the Gordons would sell biological warfare materials?

5. 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?

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

7. What quality of Max's does John admire after he hears him on the seven o'clock news in Chapter 7?

8. Describe the appearance of Paul Stevens.

9. Describe the Gordons' book collection that John finds in their home.

10. How does Dr. Chen explain her job to John?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is the theme of lust displayed in Plum Island? Use at least three textual examples to show what commentary DeMille is making about this theme.

Essay Topic 2

A recurrent theme in Plum Island is that of deception. Compare and contrast at least two appearances of this theme and how it portrayed through specific characters in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

In Plum Island, DeMille highlights several different strong female figures who go outside of the norm of typical gender roles; for example, Beth and Emma. Using at least two main characters from the novel, discuss what commentary DeMille is making about gender roles.

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