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. What concerns the man calling Carrera?

2. What is Carrera's response to his caller's concerns?

3. What does Joanna tell Alex about the dream?

4. What seems to match completely?

5. What is Joanna's response?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Alex tell Joanna about love and how does she feel about his assertions? What might this conversation establish for the reader?

4. How does Joanna wake from her recurring nightmare? How often does she have it and why do you think she will not do anything about it?

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

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

7. What does Mariko encourage Alex to do and why?

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

9. What do Alex and Joanna do after eating lunch?

10. What does Joanna finally decide about her nightmares and why do you think Alex agreed to help?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Inamura then takes Joanna to the room where her nightmares take place. She begins to have a panic attack and Inamura says he believes it is the result of a post hypnotic suggestion. After some research on hypnosis choose one of the following questions:

1. What is hypnosis and why might it help Joanna? Use examples from the text and your research to support your answer.

2. Do you think hypnosis and post hypnotic suggestions could cause panic attacks? Why or why not?

3. Based on your research how realistic was the situation with Inamura portrayed? Use examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Joanna has another panic attack due to Alex's story about Lisa Chelgrin. It gets better when Joanna decides not to see Alex again, suggesting Joanna's panic attack is an emotional barrier against emotional connections, a suggestion that is further confirmed when Mariko tells Alex that Joanna almost always has panic attacks when she feels a man is getting too close.

1. After research, discuss Joanna's behavior during her panic attacks and whether you believe her panic attacks are what would be considered classic panic attacks.

2. Why do you think Joanna decides not to see Alex again? Do you think her decision is based on denial of the possible real reasons for her panic attacks? Why or why not?

3. In real life many people, male and female, have a tendency to have negative reactions when they begin to get too close to someone. Discuss why you think a person would want to push someone away because they might be afraid of intimacy, or they might not feel good enough for the person or they are afraid of eventual rejection. These are all common reactions to intimacy. Include in your discussion whether you think Joanna's reaction is based on any of these reasons.

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