Red Dragon 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. Why is it presumed that the murderer breaks the mirrors in the house?

2. What does Dolarhyde get out of his basement?

3. What information does Graham get from Lounds' murder?

4. What does Graham find where the killer entered at the second victims' house?

5. What does Dolarhyde write the letter on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the reasons that Graham initially doesn't want to go help Crawford with the murder investigation?

2. How is Dolarhyde's confrontation with the newspaper stand vendor different than what Dolarhyde would have done in the past?

3. Describe the ledger that Dolarhyde uses to put his newspaper clippings in in Chapter 11.

4. What is Dr. Lecter's response when Dr. Chilton arrives and takes away Lecter's books as punishment for helping the killer?

5. What are some of the similarities that Graham lists between the Leeds family and the Jacobi family in Chapter 10?

6. What does Dr. Bloom say in Chapter 3 is the reason that the killer breaks the mirrors?

7. How does Dolarhyde change when he realizes that Reba is blind?

8. Describe Dr. Lecter's response to Dolarhyde that the police find in Chapter 14 and why they decide to run it rather than stop it.

9. What is odd about Dolarhyde's speech when he talks to Eileen in Chapter 9?

10. What is the first thing that Graham does when he arrives in Atlanta in Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dolarhyde honestly appears to care for Reba. Could he have resisted his urges to kill and "become" had he found Reba earlier on? Explain. What is it about Reba that made her safe with Dolarhyde?

Essay Topic 2

Dr. Lecter never is shown revealing any emotion except in Graham's recalling. What does this reveal about Dr. Lecter? Does this make him more or less believable as a "bad guy" in the story? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

In chapter 30, Graham states that he can't go home until he catches the killer. Explain the reasons that he feels it necessary to catch this monster before he can go back to his normal life. Would Graham feel the same way if the killer didn't have his home address?

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