The Key to Midnight Test | Final 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 happened to the real Thomas Chelgrin?

2. What does Joanna suggest to Mariko?

3. What does Peterson tell Alex and Joanna will happen now that the parties involved are all dead?

4. What is Mariko hesitant about?

5. Why is Marlowe concerned about his employment?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Alex feel about the inn where they stop and what does it make him wonder? What type of theme might his situation bring up?

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

3. 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?

4. How is the theme of romance explored in Chapters 42-44?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. What bad decision does Rotenhausen make and how does Joanna use it to save herself?

8. Who is Peterson and how was he involved in the entire situation?

9. What does Joanna reveal under hypnosis about Herr Doktor? How does Alex feel hearing it and what does his reaction suggest to you?

10. What do Alex and Joanna find that show Chelgrin in a different light and what does he have that will help them find Herr Doktor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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 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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