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

2. Who is Jennifer Lake?

3. The man Hayward rescued in the tunnels is whose son?

4. Of what does Masters' shout into the bullhorn remind Hayward?

5. What power does the shaman believe he harnessed from the lilies?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are the police so eager to get the matter concluded hastily without taking the time to analyze all possibilities first?

3. Why do you think the creatures abduct the group determined to destroy them instead of killing them like they have everyone else?

4. 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?

5. Do you think Waxie was too hasty in naming Jeffery as the serial killer? What reason might Waxie have for such a hasty conclusion?

6. What do you think are Pendergast's true intentions in bringing Mephisto along on the mission to the Crystal Palace?

7. What does Mephisto's letter given to Margo for delivery tell you about Mephisto?

8. What are the side effects of "glaze"? What might such side effects do to a person's psyche?

9. Why might the huge amount of firepower carried by D'Agosta, Pendergast, and Mephisto be ineffective against the creatures?

10. What is a seemingly positive side effect of the reovirus infection? What might this mean to future testing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Margo, Pendergast, and D'Agosta discovered the Mbwun lily growing in the Reservoir. Their fear is suddenly magnified by this discovery. What causes their fear? What do they believe will happen, and how do they think this event will come to fruition?

Essay Topic 2

"Here there be monsters." Given the context of this statement, humans feared the unknown and unknowable since the beginning of time. Other than the obvious, how does this quote apply to this book. Look beyond the Wrinklers and cite examples from the text to support your explanation.

Essay Topic 3

The officers leading this investigation seems simple, weak, demanding and lazy. What point do you think the author was trying to bring across with such characters? Is he making a statement on police leaders in general, or do you think he is trying to make his other characters seem stronger?

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