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 are DEA agents planning to do to Zorrillo's ranch?

2. What does Corvo offer Harry when he makes the trip to Mexicali?

3. In Chapter 26, Harry visits Calexico's historical society. He tells the worker there that he is helping a friend with his family tree. Why is he really there?

4. What does Harry spend most of his time thinking about on his drive to Calexico?

5. Harry and Aguila don't leave EnviroBreed despite Ely's angry outburst. What do they find out from a bureaucrat they speak with?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the clue at the beginning of Chapter 31 that Harry almost missed, and who finds it instead?

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

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

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

5. What does Moore look like, when Harry finds him standing in the mirror?

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

7. Whom does Harry Bosch identify in the old photographs and how?

8. What did the bullfighter, Silvestri, look like when he entered the arena?

9. Why was Cal Moore still going to get a hero's funeral?

10. Why, when people are killed accidentally at EnviroBreed, does Harry suspect they are shipped across the border illegally?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering Anzaldua's way of reading the border and the theory of contact zones, write an essay that explains these two terms. Drawing on the roles--as setting, as symbol, as plot device, as mood--the borderline plays in this novel, offer a detailed, text-based analysis of this way of reading. You should pick at least 5 fictional elements to describe, using textual examples.

Essay Topic 2

A satisfying mystery must keep tension up to draw interest, but also withhold information from the reader in order to make the mystery "pay off." One primary way a mystery author can achieve this balance is through clues released along the way. Write an essay that explains and interrogates at least three key clues Michael Connelly's character uses to solve the mystery. Questions to consider include: how does Harry find the clue? What mental leap must he make to put it together with other information? How satisfying is it for the reader? Is the pay off of the solve great enough to justify these clues?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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