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 does Joanna tell Inamura?

2. Why is Marlowe concerned about his employment?

3. Where is Joanna when she wakes after being kidnapped?

4. What makes Alex so uneasy about the inn where they stopped?

5. What does Alex do after he and Joanna are told to meet Chelgrin at his hotel?

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. Why did Peterson do what he did and what theme does it touch upon again?

3. What happens to Alex and Joanna's hotel room and what might this suggest to the reader?

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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."

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