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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 kind of Doctor is Rose Tucker?

2. What does Joe realize as he is leaving?

3. Where did Joe work before?

4. What does Joe ask him about?

5. Who does Joe tell he will call back in two days?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Joe go to the beach in Santa Monica before going to visit the cemetery where his wife and daughters are?

2. What has happened in Joe's life since the plane crash?

3. How has Joe attempted to deal with these attacks?

4. What does Joe decide to do?

5. What is it about Dewey's greeting to Joe that embarrasses them both and exemplifies why Joe has avoided all of his old friends and colleagues?

6. Who does Joe try to reach when he returns to the motel, and why is it so difficult?

7. What happens to Bob's mother after she meets with Rose?

8. What things draw his attention on the streets of the San Fernando Valley and why?

9. What do Joe and Beth talk about when he calls her in the early morning hours?

10. What unusual event occurs at the cemetery when Joe finally musters the strength to face his family's resting place?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Joe have difficulty when he tries to withdraw more than usual from his own bank account? What kind of reception does he get from both the teller and the branch manager, despite the fact that they both know him by sight? How is that in direct contradiction from the behavior of any savings institution when money is being deposited? Why is there this kind of altered attitude?

Essay Topic 2

How are rage and grief linked? What associates these two emotions and why? Joe is barely in control of himself. How does this manifest itself? What indicators are there that point to a secondary causative as opposed to a simple response to the stimuli at hand? What steps does Joe take to attempt to bring this under control? Are these steps effective? Why or why not? Explain what Joe could be doing to help him through this time more effectively.

Essay Topic 3

What is the NTSB? What is their mandate or purpose when an accident such as Flight 353 occurs? How is the NTSB structured? What kind of professionals do they employ? What kind of tools do they employ to determine the reasons behind a crash? What is the purpose of this kind of investigation? What do they hope to learn? In the hierarchy of professionals that attend to a crash site, who has the ultimate control over how the site is handled?

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