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. Harry cannot sleep because of the developing case. How does this make him feel?

2. Harry notified Moore's wife--Sylvia--of the death. She calls later to thank him. What does Harry conclude at the end of that call?

3. Harry goes to Police HQ to talk to a crime scene tech. What does this tech say that makes Harry doubt the idea that Cal Moore committed suicide in his motel room?

4. 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?

5. What is the atmosphere like in the police station where Harry works?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Rickard doing when he calls Harry in Chapter 11?

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

3. Describe the previous interactions between Cal Moore and Harry Bosch and the extent to which they knew each other before Moore's suicide.

4. Why do the police believe Moore killed himself?

5. What was unusual about the fruit flies found in the autopsy, according to Teresa Corazon?

6. What does Harry's boss tell him at the beginning of Chapter 5, and what is Harry's response?

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

8. How does the reader know, in Chapter 7, that Harry empathizes with Porter?

9. Why does Moore's life begin disintegrating, according to his wife?

10. How does Harry think Juan Doe's body, killed in Mexicali, made it to Los Angeles?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This novel is representative of a genre of literature that shares certain conventions. Identify at least 4 mystery genre conventions and describe the ways in which this text does or does not conform to these conventions. Be sure to use explicit textual evidence to support your claims and definitions.

Essay Topic 2

Define and describe the terms plot tension and conflict, and apply them to the story of this book. Your essay should do the following:

1) Describe, from a technical point of view, the conflict structure of this book,

2) Offer examples of key moments to illustrate and serve as examples of your description of Connelly's technique, and

3) Determine what the central conflict of this novel is and explain why.

Essay Topic 3

Write an analytical essay that defines the way you understand the terms "fictional double" or "Doppelganger" as ways of reading a novel. In addition, offer specific examples from this text to which these terms are relevant. Questions to consider are: Does this text have a literal double or a figurative one (or both)? What does each "twin" figure represent? What roles does this doubling play in the text?

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