Postmortem Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In the beginning of chapter six what does Scarpetta compare the Forensic Science Bureau to?

2. Who pulls in for dinner while Lucy and Scarpetta are making dinner?

3. What does Marino say that Matt Peterson had done the day before?

4. What does Scarpetta say happened to Boltz's wife?

5. What does Bill do when Lucy cuts her knuckles on the cheese grater?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Scarpetta say has happened in the city since the newspaper reporters began covering the murders?

2. What does Scarpetta note about Marino and his thoughts on suspects for Lori Peterson's killer.

3. What is Scarpetta told happened to their computer system in chapter five?

4. What information can Frank give Scarpetta in chapter six?

5. Describe what the crime scene in Lori Peterson's house looks like.

6. Describe what Scarpetta is thinking about her sister while in the kitchen with Lucy in chapter seven?

7. What does Scarpetta know about the glittery substance found on the bodies?

8. Who does Scarpetta say would have had access to the information about the murders?

9. What does Scarpetta say about Bertha and their work relationship?

10. Describe what is talked about in chapter six while Scarpetta is in Amburgey's office.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pick one of the following to write about:

1) Speculate on what it was about Matt Peterson that Scarpetta also believed was not adding up. Is there a reason that the author wouldn't have gone back to answer this question?

2) What role does the DNA and forensic evidence play in the story? Could the story have been written and focused much less on this information? Explain.

3) Which of the subplots seen in the story are likely to be looked at again in later books in the series? Explain why these seem significant.

Essay Topic 2

Part 1) Explain the relationship that Lucy and Scarpetta have.

Part 2) What does Lucy represent for Scarpetta? What does Scarpetta represent for Lucy?

Part 3) What is significant in Lucy's statement at the end of the story that Scarpetta is sounding just like Scarpetta's mother?

Essay Topic 3

Part 1) Scarpetta is the main character in the story. What about her makes her someone the reader can identify with?

Part 2) What other characters in the book had the potential, if any, to be a main character or the focus at various points? Explain your answer.

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