The Black Ice Test | Final 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. What is Mr. Monz's role in investigating the death of Guitierrez-Llosa, the Juan Doe Harry found in the alley?

2. What is it that Harry finds suspicious about the EnviroBreed office when he sees it?

3. What does Cal Moore offer Harry to prevent him from arresting him?

4. In Chapter 18, Harry goes to to Cal Moore's apartment to investigate. This is risky, as police brass would not like it. Why does Harry go there anyway?

5. In Chapter 21, what tasks does Agulia assign?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Corvo's most notable facial feature?

2. What does Harry tell the man at the historical society and what is Harry really doing there?

3. How did the town of Calexico get its start?

4. What kind of evidence does Harry collect at Juan Doe's apartment and how does he do it?

5. Why does Harry cancel his hotel room in Calexico after he talks to his colleagues in Hollywood?

6. In Chapter 21, Harry insists on taking the Caprice. Why is he so intent on driving that car?

7. How does Harry recognize Corvo at the bar in Chapter 17?

8. In Chapter 32, how does Harry know that Moore is in residence in the house at Coyote Trail?

9. Why did many day laborers at the circle refuse to work at EnviroBreed?

10. How did Aguila decide to report the missing person who ended up Juan Doe, when Mexico does not even have a missing persons bureau?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In both the characters of the BANG squad and in Moore/Zorrillo's relationship, Michael Connelly offers two visions of brotherhood and friendship. Describe each of these models of a masculine bond using specific textual evidence. Then, Compare and contrast them in terms of what the author is trying to communicate to the reader. What do you take away from each of these two models of fraternity?

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