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. Why did Chelgrin allow Lisa to be brainwashed?

2. What does Alex do in response to the nightmare he had?

3. What does Alex do after he breaks Carrera's grip on him?

4. What does Herr Doktor do while Joanna is still under the influence of the drug?

5. What is odd about Herr Doktor?

Short Essay Questions

1. By Chapter 42, how do you think the reader feels about Thomas Chelgrin. How does the character actually turn out?

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. How do Alex and Joanna leave London and what happens that surprises Alex? What does this make him suspect?

7. What does Chelgrin know about his daughter and what does he seem to feel about her?

8. What does Inamura use to free Joanna of the compulsion?

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

10. Where is Alex when he wakes up and what does he do immediately? What does he find and what does it make him wonder?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Thomas Chelgrin is introduced for the first time despite having been discussed several times between Alex and Joanna. The reader believes Chelgrin to be an evil man who orchestrated his own daughter's kidnapping. However, when the reader meets Chelgrin, he is almost sympathetic, as though he is as much a victim as his daughter.

1. What were your first impressions of Thomas Chelgrin and how did they change after his encounter with Lisa? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Why do you think Thomas Chelgrin might have been a victim? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Now that the reader knows how much Thomas Chelgrin has given up in his life for his country would you think him very patriotic? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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 wakes, bound on the floor of a kitchen. Alex manages to break his bindings only to discover that someone has already cut through the rope. When Alex enters the library, he is struck with a sense of familiarity. Alex searches the desk and finds his gun, realizing he had known it would be there. Alex then turns the gun on Chelgrin even though he has no reason to believe Chelgrin means him harm. Alex wants to put the gun down, but he cannot do it. Alex fires the weapon, hitting Chelgrin in the chest.

1. Discuss what the above passages might indicate about Alex's possible situation as to being manipulated. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Do you think Alex is responsible for shooting Thomas Chelgrin? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Hypnosis professionals say that no one can be made to do anything under hypnosis that is against his/her moral code. Discuss what you think Alex's behavior with shooting Chelgrin might mean in view of this.

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