The Final Detail Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Harlan Coben
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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 the name of the club Clu went to?

2. What did the police find in Myron's office that was connected with Clu?

3. What type of work did Cyndi do at one time in her life?

4. What does Bonnie ask Myron to do?

5. Why are Myron and the woman at the beach?

Short Essay Questions

1. How had things been going for Clu when Myron left on vacation and how did that change?

2. Why does Myron insist that Hester is not the best lawyer for Esperanza?

3. What happens to Myron when Big Cyndi leaves him with Pat? Do you think it's plausible that he could have gotten away given the knife slashes and the cattle prod?

4. What does Hester ask Myron and why do you think she asked him?

5. What happened when Myron found a brown envelope in his office? What do you think the message was?

6. What does Win tell Myron?

7. What happens during the meeting between Myron and Bonnie Haide? Why do you think she has said what she said?

8. What type of theme seems to be in evidence with Clu's life? Do you think Clu was a bad person?

9. What kind of history does Myron have with the Aches and what kind of business men are the two?

10. What do you think Myron and Esperanza's relationship is like and how do you think Myron feels about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Myron and Sophie last talk, we learn that Myron had bribed two police officers to forget the car accident. One of the police officers in turn blackmails Clu Haid. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss how small illegal and/or immoral actions lead to serious consequences in the novel.

2. Do you think after reading this book that "crime doesn't pay"? Or does it?

3. Do you believe this book reflects "real" life in that sometimes a small action such as a white life or small theft can lead to greater consequences? Discuss with examples.

Essay Topic 2

When Myron visits Sophie about her daughter, Lucy, Sophie implores Myron to follow the connection to try to discover what happened to Lucy. This is an example of literary foreshadowing. Discuss the following:

1. Define the term foreshadowing as it applies to literature.

2. Thoroughly discuss three examples of foreshadowing in the book.

3. Why do writers often use foreshadowing? Does it enhance the experience of reading the book for you or not? Explain.

4. Were there any examples of foreshadowing that you misinterpreted? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

One of the themes in this novel is about justice. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of justice throughout the novel. Give specific examples.

2. Sophie thinks she is gaining justice by her machinations to revenge Lucy's death. Is her plan just? Why or why not.

3. By the end of the novel, has justice been meted out to the guilty parties? Why or why not?

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