The Black Ice Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Connelly
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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. Why do Teresa and Harry decide to eat at a restaurant different than the one they chose originally?

2. It's Cal Moore who first tells Harry about Black Ice. What is Ice?

3. Where does Porter live?

4. Who does Bosch get a call from as he is looking for Porter?

5. There is a mystery revealed about Harry's Lieutenant Pounds in Chapter 16. He often has white powder residue on his pants. What is it from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the police believe Moore killed himself?

2. Why does Harry have to sweet talk the crime scene technician who processed the Moore case in Chapter 8?

3. What does Harry learn in Chapter 12 about why Porter did not come clean with what he knew about Juan Doe?

4. Why does Harry's possible identification of the Juan Doe in Chapter 13 confirm that the three cases might be related?

5. Give at least two reasons that foreshadow the fact that Harry will go to Mexico.

6. Why does Harry seem so drawn to the teenager he and Rickard arrested when he goes and talks to him after he returns to visit him in jail?

7. Why does Harry begin to think that Moore was a bad cop?

8. According to Harry, why are homicides in Hollywood more difficult to solve than elsewhere?

9. What is the real reason why Harry Bosch finds Hollywood depressing?

10. What is black ice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sometimes a particular object or character can function as both a symbol and a setting. Using explicit examples from one or both of these settings, describe how Los Angeles functions as a setting on several levels. Questions to consider are: what characterizes the description of Los Angeles in this text stylistically? What connections or associations do readers bring about Los Angeles that enhance this narrative? What role does it play thematically or in terms of genre?

Essay Topic 2

Using specific textual evidence and a strong line of argumentation, write an argumentative essay about Connelly's depiction of man/woman relationships, particularly those in which Bosch is present. Your essay must include a thesis, that is, an idea or postulation and then a line of argument that explains and develops it. Issues to consider are: the characterizations of the people in question, these relationships as sources of plot tension, and any other reasons why you postulate how to read Connelly's description of these relationships.

Essay Topic 3

Point of view technique mediates the flow of information between author and reader. Write an essay that analyzes the point of view of this novel. Offer detailed descriptions of how the narrative voice actually tells the story. Finally, critique the point of view by offering your analytical opinion about how it enhanced (or did not enhance) the novel.

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