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. Pounds asks Harry to visit his office for a reason in Chapter 5. What is it?

2. What do Harry and Richard learn from the kid they meet on the street?

3. Harry meets up with Rickard to re-interview the young drug dealer they arrested earlier. What does Rickard do that upsets Harry?

4. Why do Harry and Rickard threaten to arrest a kid they meet on the street?

5. Where does Porter live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Harry think that solving homicide cases are the only cases that matter?

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

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

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

8. What does Harry learn from the crime scene technician in Chapter 8?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A major psychological theme of this book is family, particularly as it has to do with the characterization of Cal Moore. Offer examples of Connolly's theme of family, and explain how it contributes to the plot and conflict structure of this book. Your essay should feature strong argumentative evidence.

Essay Topic 2

Narration and dialogue are the two ways Michael Connelly tells this story. Write and essay in which you:

1) Describe the narrative style of this book,

2) Describe Connolly's approach to dialogue, and

3) Pick whether you think more information in this book is conveyed to the reader in the narration or in the dialogue.

Note that there is no correct answer to 3: it is necessary to pick a side and offer persuasive textual argumentation.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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