Reliquary Test | Final 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. How long did the Crown Heights riot last a few years before?

2. What does Pendergast say that they can be sure of regarding the creatures?

3. What happened to Jumbo, P.T. Barnum's elephant?

4. What is the name of the experimental herbicide for removing algae from lakes?

5. In Chapter 51, where does Mephisto say he was wounded?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Pendergast use his shocking albinism to "blend in" with the outcasts of society in the tunnels? What other methods does he employ, and how is he successful?

2. What starts the riots during the Take Back Our City March? Is this the fault of Mrs. Wisher, the police, or the homeless? Cite examples to support your argument.

3. What purpose might hallucinogenic mushrooms serve in the ceremony that Kawakita established?

4. What does the Navy SEALs involvement tell you about the seriousness of the matter?

5. What do Margo's lab findings on the reovirus seem to indicate? How do these findings translate to the infection of humans?

6. What is Margo's theory about what happened to Whittlesey? Examining her scientific approach outlined in the book, do you see any flaws in her theory? Is there another reasonable explanation?

7. One of the subway passengers chooses suicide over being at the mercy of his attackers. What does this indicate to you about the attackers?

8. What is the true nature of the ritual Kawakita established among the Wrinklers?

9. What do you think the symbols Pendergast discovered, which translate to a description of a Japanese tea room, mean to the creatures?

10. What do you think are Pendergast's true intentions in leaving Margo behind when he, Mephisto, and D'Agosta try to destroy the Wrinklers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Greg Kawakita is a key part of the reason the city is being overrun with murders. He is long gone, but his legacy of madness lives on in those he "infected" with the drug, glaze. How do you think Kawakita rationalized giving the drug to others when he already knew it was what created the Mwbun? How do you think he rationalized taking it himself?

Essay Topic 2

Margo briefly explains the importance of ceremony in anthropological terms. The Wrinklers perform a ceremony with their shaman and their drug. What does ceremony mean to a populace? What need does it satisfy in man? Apply those theories to the ceremony performed by the Wrinklers. What is similar? What is different? What seems to be the base purpose for the Wrinklers' ceremony?

Essay Topic 3

The New York Museum of Natural History is a stunning backdrop to not one, but two, horrifying stories. While "Reliquary" isn't as dependent on the Museum as its main setting as it was in "Relic," it exudes a frightening air, which only enhances the atmosphere of the book. What is it about the Museum, which makes it a frightening place, and why is it used so frequently?

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