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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 does Joanna say she is doing in the room?

2. Who is Wayne Kennedy?

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

4. What is Joanna's response?

5. What is happening in Joanna's nightmare?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Joanna run from Nijo Castle and what does she do after she gets outside?

2. Emotionally, how might the reader respond to the malice Carrera seems to carry?

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

4. How might a reader respond to what is going on with Alex and what is the evidence to suggest that Alex and Joanna are being manipulated?

5. With all the evidence in place, what does Mariko suggests? What might this foreshadow and what is the ultimate outcome?

6. Who is Mariko Inamura to Joanna and what does she suggest to Joanna?

7. What type of foreshadow might be implied by Mariko's assessment of Joanna and Alex?

8. Where is Peterson in Chapters 53-59, what does he witness, and what might the reader wonder about him because of his behavior?

9. What does Mariko tell Alex about Joanna and men?

10. What is Carrera ordered to do when Joanna leaves Japan? How does he feel about the orders? What does his thoughts evoke in the reader?

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

Alex is clearly smitten with Joanna, and when he asks her to have lunch with him, it makes it seem to the reader that a romance might be in the air, touching on one of the themes of the novel.

1. Discuss what evidence you have seen thus far of romance being one of the themes in this book. Use examples from the book to illustrate your answer.

2. Alex has watched Joanna on stage for a few nights and is "smitten" with her. Does this seem realistic? Why or why not?

3. Alex being smitten with Joanna would seem to be like someone falling for an actor or actress in a movie. Are they falling for a real person or the person that is being portrayed in the part? Discuss this concept with examples to support your opinion.

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