The City and the City Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Syedr object to invoking Breach?

2. What have Borlú and Corwi devised in order to speak privately while in separate cities?

3. What is the name of the text written by David Bowden?

4. What surprises Dhatt about the case?

5. What information does Borlú ask Taskin Cerush to get for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Harkad Gosz and what does Borlú learn from him?

2. What happens to the victim's parents?

3. What does the informant tell Borlú about the victim?

4. Why does Gadlem tell Borlú about complicating the case?

5. How does Corwi disagree with the initial theory of the murder?

6. Who is Syedr and what does he believe about Breach?

7. Who is Aikam Tsueh and what is notable about him?

8. Following the Oversight Committee's decision, what is happening to Borlú and Corwi?

9. Briefly describe the act of breach.

10. In the hours immediately following the discovery of the murder, what do the detectives believe about the victim?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the surrender of David Bowden at the end of the novel. Why does he surrender? How does his surrender reflect the larger themes at play in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the novel, Ashil tells Borlú that “[v]olunteering’s an early and strong indication that you’re not suited.” What does he mean by this? For what is Borlú suited? How does Ashil know Borlú is suited?

Essay Topic 3

Borlú finds himself involved in several conflicts over the course of the novel. Choose one instance of internal conflict and one instance of external conflict, and explain how these conflicts have an impact on the story, on Borlú himself, and on the other characters.

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