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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 D'Agosta discover Hayward doing in the storage room?

2. What is Pendergast's place of residence called?

3. What metaphor is used to describe the Reservoir in Chapter 16?

4. To what does D'Agosta compare the Chief's office?

5. What is the name for the crime reporter for the Times?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. What do you think is the author's purpose in describing Sergeant Hayward's physical characteristics in such detail?

5. 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?

6. Waxie is a misogynist. What does his presence add to the story, and how does that contribute to the overall storyline?

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 the history of Mbwun, and why is it assumed that these killings might relate to the events surrounding this creature?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The flooding of the tunnels to destroy the creatures is an extreme step, especially given the number of innocent people who could be in danger from the flooding. What purpose do you think this moral ambiguity will serve? Do you see it in any other situations in the book? Do you think it serves the same purpose in that instance?

Essay Topic 2

Hayward is an interesting character, a woman of strength, confidence and utter self-assurance. Margo is strong, but in different ways with different approaches to problem solving. Compare/contrast Margo and Hayward, particularly their strengths and weaknesses. What does each character contribute to the storyline?

Essay Topic 3

Review the symbolism involved in the hut of skulls. What does this represent to the Wrinklers? What does it represent to outsiders? What does it represent to the shaman? How does the hut play into the Wrinklers' ceremony? Cite examples from the text to support your explanation.

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