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. In Chapter 11, why does Harry decide he needs to talk to Porter next?

2. Where does Harry find Porter?

3. What attracts Harry Bosch's attention on the police scanner as the book opens?

4. What does Harry realize that he has lost after attempting to interrogate Kerwin in Chapter 15?

5. After talking to Kerwin, what does Harry decide to do in Chapter 16?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the kid think that Harry must be being nice to him? Is he correct?

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 think that solving homicide cases are the only cases that matter?

5. What is black ice?

6. Describe the work environment in Harry's police station.

7. What is the evidence that Teresa uncovered having to do with brain tissue and what does it mean?

8. Why does Harry begin to dislike Rickard after they bust the teenager for possession?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Harry Bosch is an excellent example of an anti-hero. Offer an analysis of the characterization of Harry Bosch in this novel in a tightly constructed essay. Define the terms hero and anti-hero, and explain the extent to which you (using explicit textual evidence) think these terms apply to Harry Bosch. Please also consider this question in terms of the genre of this book.

Essay Topic 3

This novel is a contemporary mystery that uses the trade of illegal drugs as both setting and plot. In an analytical essay, offer an explanation and analysis of how the drug trade functions 1) as setting and 2) as the source of the plot. Be sure to use specific examples from the text that richly illustrate the claims you make. In addition, you may also consider what you learned about the drug trade during our class discussion on it.

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