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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

Alex and Joanna read the newspaper clippings about Rotenhausen. They learn that Rotenhausen is a brilliant scientist who developed a brainwashing technique that was considered revolutionary. However, Rotenhausen lost popularity and government support when he suggested the techniques should be used to control entire populations.

1. After researching the term "hackney" discuss why the caricature of a brilliant, but insane scientist could be considered hackney. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Many books, especially in the science fiction genre have been written on controlling the population of the world. Discuss why a government or individual would want to control the population.

3. Discuss, in depth, what human rights would be violated with population control and why it is not a moral idea.

Essay Topic 2

Alex realizes he has seen Joanna before. She was a kidnap case he worked on. The chances that Alex would end up in the city where this woman has been hiding out for twelve years seems to be astronomical, tipping the reader off to the idea that something may be at work here that is not completely clear at this point.

1. Do you think Alex ending up in a city half way across the world and walking into a lounge where the singer is the woman he had looked for ten years earlier is a stretch of the imagination? Why or why not?

2. After researching narrative contrivance explain, with examples of why you think the above situation may or may not be one.

3. Discuss a remarkable coincidence that has occurred in your life, in the life of someone you knew or one that you heard or read about. Include in your discussion why it might illustrate the saying: "Life is stranger than fiction."

Essay Topic 3

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.

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