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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mephisto call the territory below Central Park?
(a) All answers are correct.
(b) The Blockhouse.
(c) Ho Chi Minh trail.
(d) Route 666.

2. What does Pendergast say is the largest inhabited region on earth that remains unmapped?
(a) Underground New York.
(b) Antipodes.
(c) Milwaukee.
(d) Outer Mongolia.

3. What do the police believe caused the marks found on Pamela's skeleton?
(a) Disease.
(b) A saw.
(c) Teeth.
(d) A knife.

4. In what bar does Smithback make his phone call in Chapter 6?
(a) The Cat's Meow.
(b) The Cat's Eye.
(c) The Cat-O-Nine Bar.
(d) The Cat's Paw.

5. What is the average number of murders a day in the past year in New York as mentioned in Chapter 14?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) Four.
(d) Five.

Short Answer Questions

1. What exhibition was opening at the Museum eighteen months before the current murders took place?

2. What color is the powder that the mystery man in Chapter 8 mixes with water?

3. Where is the Pitti Palace located?

4. Which two characters in Chapter 12 detest each other?

5. What does the waiter bring to Margo and Smithback along with their drinks in Chapter 15?

Short Essay Questions

1. What purpose might an evolutionary biologist and a biologist whose specialty is genetics serve to the police in this story?

2. Why do you think the author mentions his previous book, "Relic"?

3. What do you think is the importance of the New York Museum of Natural History to the storyline?

4. Do you think Chief Horlocker's decision to make sure that the case is given priority because a debutante is based upon social standing, given that homeless men and women have died in the same way for weeks? Why or why not?

5. What kind of influence do you think a woman like Mrs. Wisher would likely have on the political climate? Does she show that she is willing to use that influence to force matters in the direction she wants them to go? What gives you that indication?

6. Police work seems to involve a lot of political jostling and brown-nosing. How is that concept illustrated in Chapter 11?

7. In Chapter 8, an unknown person develops extra sensitive senses, apparently by ingesting some unknown drug. What do you think is the purpose of this character's in-depth description and failing to tell the reader who he is?

8. What is the basic precept of Frock's theory of fractal evolution? How would it apply to the events taking place in the story?

9. What about the Museum of Natural History makes its atmosphere àpropos to a book of this genre?

10. How might Margo's expertise in ethnopharmacology be an example of foreshadowing?

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