Reliquary 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. What shocking news does Frock give Margo in Chapter 22?

2. Who is Hayward's boss?

3. What does Pendergast say is the largest inhabited region on earth that remains unmapped?

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

5. What do the police believe caused the marks found on Pamela's skeleton?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why is there so much excitement surrounding the second skeleton found in the polluted Cloaca?

4. What is the irony in the author's naming the leader of the Route 666 group Mephisto?

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

6. What seems to be the reason that the unknown character in Chapter 8 holds the Ceremony?

7. When Mephisto gives Smithback the nickname "scriblerian," what does he imply?

8. Why are the homeless referred to as "moles"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The end of the book is not truly an end. Though the reader gives some hint of resolution, there are still open questions. Why do you think the author did this?

Essay Topic 2

Review Margo's theory of infection and how the reovirus affects its host once ingested. What seems plausible about her theory, as it applies to Mbwun and the characters like it? What seems implausible? Can you think of an alternate theory?

Essay Topic 3

Frock is unmasked as the shaman, the man behind the propagation of the Wrinklers. Why is this such a shock to the people trying to stop the Wrinklers? In hindsight, does it make sense? What reasoning does Frock give for his transgressions? Do you feel he has a valid point, or do you think he's simply another drug addict? Why?

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