The Key to Midnight 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. Who is Ignacio Carrera?

2. What does Alex ask the man he disables?

3. Who calls Alex about Joanna?

4. Who does Alex disable by hitting him over the head?

5. How does Thomas Chelgrin make his fortune?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Alex tell Joanna about Thomas Chelgrin and his daugther?

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

3. What does Joanna have when she gets back in her apartment and what do you think might be the reason?

4. What does Joanna do in response to her depression and her decision to push Alex away?

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

6. What nightmare awakens Joanna at the beginning of the novel and what does she do when she gets up?

7. What does Carrera learn about Joanna from a phone call and how does he respond? What might the reader deduce from this response?

8. What do you think the episode with Wayne shows about the people who kidnapped Lisa?

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

10. Who does Alex call in connection with Joanna and what does he learn? What does Joanna do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alex is clearly falling in love despite his protests that love does not exist and that he would never fall in love, especially after such a short time.

1. How long do you think people should know each other before declaring love? Do you think Alex is falling in love or is it just sexual attraction? Why or why not?

2. What are some of the thoughts and behaviors in the text that demonstrate to you that Alex is falling in love with Joanna?

3. There are many psychologist that say there's no such thing as falling in love, it is all just a chemical reaction between two physical bodies. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Joanna encourages Mariko to explore a relationship with Wayne despite the Japanese mindset that is against these types of relationships.

1. After doing research on Japanese culture and women, discuss the ways in which Mariko adheres to gender expectations and ways in which she doesn't.

2. The Japanese culture is against any relationship which involves a Japanese person and a person of another ethnic race or culture. Why do you think a culture would evolve such a stricture? Do you think that informal expectation has changed with the shrinking of the world through the internet and easy travel between parts of the world?

3. Discuss why you believe Mariko should follow her heart and not her culture. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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