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 does the woman in the room where Joanna wakes up after being kidnapped laugh when she tells Joanna her name?

2. Why do Joanna and Alex go to a residential section of London when they are driving their rental car?

3. Where does Carrera find Alex after Alex escapes from him?

4. How does Rotenhausen die?

5. Where does Alex find his gun?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is happening with Alex that might be similar to what was going on with Joanna? What might the reader wonder because of this?

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

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

4. Where does Alex go after he wakes up and what happens there?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. Who approaches Joanna and Alex immediately in London? What might the reader wonder and what does the person say that alleviates concern?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alex is beginning to experience strange phenomenon. Alex has a premonition that Chelgrin is going to be dead and seconds later discovers it is true. Alex also has a nightmare that is eerily similar to Joanna's nightmares. The reader begins to wonder if Alex has suffered something similar to what Joanna underwent.

1. When Alex had his premonition that Chelgrin was dead did you think he was a psychic? Explain why or why not. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Now that Alex has begun to experience nightmares like Joanna do you think they are connected to him having found her in Japan against all odds? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Using logical deduction, and examples from the text, explain why it is probable that if Alex underwent a brainwashing similar to Joanna's the chances are it was done by someone other than Herr Doktor.

Essay Topic 2

Peterson admits that he and the CIA brainwashed Alex into going to Kyoto to find Joanna so they could follow well-placed clues to bring them to St. Moritz. Peterson says the CIA needed Chelgrin to die before he could be elected President, but could not do it themselves for fear it would tip off the Russians that Chelgrin has been compromised for many years.

1. How would you feel and what would you do if you were Alex?

2. Peterson, a C.I.A. agent freely admits to Alex being brainwashed by the C.I.A. Discuss what you think the possibility is that in real life the C.I.A. would do something like this.

3. Should Alex be considered a hero for taking care of a national security problem for the U.S. government in spite of doing it unknowingly? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Carrera is not a nice person from his obsession with inflicting pain on himself and his thoughts in regards to killing people for pleasure. The reader feels the malice that Carrera exudes and feels fear for Alex and Joanna, who are surely going to be targets of Carrera's maliciousness.

1. Unfortunately there are a number of people in the world who seem to like to inflict pain on themselves or others. Following research on sadism, discuss why Carrera is a sadist with examples from the book.

2. There is obviously deep seated psychological reasons why someone would derive pleasure from pain, either their own pain or someone else. Is it possible that people who feel this way have some common factors in childhood? Discuss reasons from a childhood you think could form a person to become a sadist.

3. There is great debate in criminal justice circles as to whether someone who commits homicide is mentally ill. Some say anyone who kills another human being except in self defense has to be mentally ill because sane people don't kill other people. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

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