The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Stieg Larsson
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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. How does Edklinth react to hearing Salander's story from Armansky?

2. When does Blomkvist decide would be the best time to publish Svensson's work?

3. In Chapter 5, who tells Blomkvist that Salander's condition is stable?

4. Why is Blomkvist unable to get any information about Salander's condition in Chapter 5?

5. What does Blomkvist convince Jonasson to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What surprised Blomkvist about Salander's apartment?

2. What does Blomkvist claim is the purpose of "The Knights of the Idiotic Table"?

3. What job does Ghidi do for Blomkvist?

4. Why does Modig urge the police to give Blomkvist the benefit of the doubt in Chapter 2 about Salander?

5. What is Gullberg's background with the Security Police?

6. What do Erlander and Blomkvist wonder at when they go back to the farmhouse at the end of Chapter 1?

7. What approach does Giannini eventually take toward working with Salander?

8. What critical information about Niedermann does Blomkvist give Paulsson in Chapter 1 -- information that he ignores?

9. What does Blomkvist do when he finds Salander on the floor of the farmhouse?

10. What story does Henry Cortez break open in Chapter 11?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze at least three aspects of "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" that makes the novel believable as well as what literary devices Larsson uses to create that level of believability OR analyze at least three aspects of "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" that makes the novel unbelievable as well as what literary devices Larsson does not use effectively to create a level of believability in the story.

Essay Topic 2

Describe at least three things that Larsson is able to do with the character of Lisbeth because she is a woman AND at least 3 things he is *not* able to do with her because she is a woman.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how Lisbeth's fight with her father 1) sets the tone for the rest of the novel and 2) introduces at least 3 key facts about Lisbeth that are important throughout the rest of the text. Make sure to use direct quotations and evidence from the text to support your thesis.

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