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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. Who is the star attraction in the lounge of Joanna's nightclub?

2. Of whom does Alex suddenly realize Joanna resembles?

3. What does Alex suspect when he enters his motel room?

4. Who has a gun?

5. What does the man say in response?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Chelgrin know about his daughter and what does he seem to feel about her?

2. What do you think Joanna's behavior might indicate?

3. Who approaches Joanna and Alex immediately in London? What might the reader wonder and what does the person say that alleviates concern?

4. What happens to Joanna and Alex when they arrive in St. Moritz? What does Peterson have to do with it and what might a reader be wondering at this point?

5. How is the tension increased by the end of Chapter 17?

6. What happens to Alex and Joanna's hotel room and what might this suggest to the reader?

7. Who does Joanna find when she goes to look for Alex? What does she learn from him? What theme might be suggested by the encounter?

8. What does Alex realize about Joanna when he keeps thinking about her?

9. In terms of narration what do you think Chapters 60-70 do?

10. What does the hypnosis session do in the novel as far as narrative technique is concerned?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the character pairs below to compare and contrast. Include in the essay a comparison of their personalities, their values and morals, how they view the world, what good and bad exist in each that are the same and different and how they behave in the situations in the book.

1. Joanna and Lisa Chelgrin.

2. Joanna and Mariko.

3. Alex and Carrera.

Essay Topic 2

Joanna is plagued by a recurring nightmare in which a man with a mechanical hand uses a hypodermic needle to do something unclear to her. Joanna always wakes from this dream in the grip of a panic. It seems Joanna is uninterested in learning the truth about the dream, perhaps afraid of finding out something she does not want to know.

1. Why do you think Joanna doesn't want to find out the cause of her nightmares? Use examples from the text and your own thoughts to support your answer.

2. Do you think nightmares always have a cause? Why or why not?

3. Describe a recurring nightmare you or someone you know has had. Compare it to Joanna's. How do you or the person having the nightmare deal with it?

Essay Topic 3

Carrera is not a nice person from his obsession with inflicting pain on himself and his thoughts in regards to killing people for pleasure. The reader feels the malice that Carrera exudes and feels fear for Alex and Joanna, who are surely going to be targets of Carrera's maliciousness.

1. Unfortunately there are a number of people in the world who seem to like to inflict pain on themselves or others. Following research on sadism, discuss why Carrera is a sadist with examples from the book.

2. There is obviously deep seated psychological reasons why someone would derive pleasure from pain, either their own pain or someone else. Is it possible that people who feel this way have some common factors in childhood? Discuss reasons from a childhood you think could form a person to become a sadist.

3. There is great debate in criminal justice circles as to whether someone who commits homicide is mentally ill. Some say anyone who kills another human being except in self defense has to be mentally ill because sane people don't kill other people. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

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