Sudden Prey Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Sandford
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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. Where are the police told that the group is going to go?

2. Where does the group go after leaving the parking lot?

3. The cops run Bill Martin's name. Martin is best known for which illegal activity?

4. What is the woman's first name?

5. Jennifer announces whose death?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the first victims chosen in Andy Stadic's plan to eliminate possible threats? What is the reason for the proposed hit?

2. What happens when Davenport and others arrive at the house?

3. Describe the activities of each person and the props used in the crime.

4. What happens to Candy, Ginger and Duane shortly after the women leave the credit union.

5. Describe the opening scene. Who is in the process of stealing a van? Who does the woman meet after the theft?

6. How does Davenport intend to tempt someone to give up LaChaise and his friends plus that dirty cop? How is this arranged?

7. What important piece of information is unknown to Butters and the rest? Why is the information vital to the men's survival?

8. Who declares revenge for the deaths of the robbers? What is the relationship between the man and the criminals? Where is the man located?

9. Who is the first victim in LaChaise's plan? Explain what happens.

10. Who is the lead detective on the credit union case? What does the detective say to Roux about the potential media fall out? How did the police cover their actions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters, plots, settings, and outcomes of the stories woven into "Sudden Prey." Use the scenarios in another one of Sandford's series of books for comparison. How do the story lines differ? What is the conclusion of each story? Which lead character do you like better? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Davenport is often viewed as a rogue cop, one who does not play by the book. Discuss this behavior. How is Davenport's method helpful to his work? How might it hinder or jeopardize an investigation? How do Davenport's colleagues feel about his behavior? Is Davenport viewed as an asset or liability by his commander? What kind of reprimands might Davenport receive for his unusual methods? Does Roux know about Davenport's antics? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Symbolism is an important part of a mystery, often giving clues to the reader and the story's detective. What are the ways in which Sandford uses symbolism in his stories? Give examples of blatant symbolism and more subtle symbolism. Compare and contrast the symbolism used in Sanford's mysteries and the mysteries written by another famous author.

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