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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 rats?
(a) Delicious.
(b) Vermin.
(c) Track rabbits.
(d) The other white meat.

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

3. What is a Stumpiniceps troglodytes?
(a) A rodent, much like a mouse, from the Carboniferous period.
(b) A tree-dwelling serpent from the Triassic period.
(c) A small, odoriferous reptile of the Cretaceous period.
(d) An oceanic bottom-feeder of the Carboniferous period.

4. What is the Devil's Attic?
(a) The lowest level of the city.
(b) The highest level of the tunnels.
(c) The place where the tunnel inhabitants bury their dead.
(d) The area occupied only by murderers.

5. What question does Pendergast ask D'Agosta when they see the squatters' fire in the tunnel?
(a) "How many fingers do you see?"
(b) "You want the ones on the left or the ones on the right?"
(c) "Could this be the break we're looking for?"
(d) "Shall we retire to the drawing room?"

Short Answer Questions

1. What is blastomycosis?

2. On which floor does Mrs. Wisher live?

3. What program did Greg develop that were key in identifying and stopping Mbwun?

4. Why does Margo visit the 27th Precinct House in Chapter 19?

5. What is another name given to the homeless population in the tunnels?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Brambell's theory about what animal is responsible for the teeth marks on Pamela Wisher's bones? How does this change the direction of the investigation?

3. To what does Dr. Frock attribute the Mbwun's existence and its unlikely appearance in New York?

4. How does D'Agosta take Waxie's assignment as team leader for the investigation? Why does he feel it might be a good move for all concerned?

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. 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?

7. Do you think that Bill Smithback would do anything to get the exclusive on a murder investigation? Why or why not? Do his tactics seem moral or sensationa? Why?

8. What is ironic about using the muse of rhetoric, Polyhymnia, to name an ornate club in Chapter 10? Does its patronage seem to have anything to do with it?

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

10. What are the repercussions of the $100,000 reward posted by Bill Smithback and the Post?

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