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. Where do Joanna and Alex take a train to?

2. In what condition is Alex when he awakes after being kidnapped?

3. When they arrive at the hotel, about what does Alex have a premonition?

4. What does the caller tell Chelgrin?

5. What wakens Joanna and Alex the first morning in London?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alex subdues a tail that has been put on him. The man is a professional and will not tell Alex who his bosses are despite the gun Alex holds on him. However, the man does warn Alex that he will die if he continues to pursue Joanna or her past. This promise injects danger into the plot, increasing the tension within the novel's tone and promising more intrigue as the story continues to unfold.

1. What do you think is the difference between mystery and suspense?

2. Do you think the scene at the end of chapter 17 with Alex and the man following him would be a scene more in a mystery novel or suspense novel? Explain your reasoning.

3. In what genre would you place this novel and why?

4. Do you prefer mystery or suspense? Why?

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

Under further regression, Joanna also reveals that all her memories of Lisa Chelgrin are gone and that she will most likely never recover them. The completeness of this brainwashing should be frightening to the reader, showing how vulnerable Lisa Chelgrin was and how violating Herr Doktor was toward her, both physically and mentally.

1. What do you think is the emotional impact of finding out you are not who you thought you were? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss in depth the moral and legal implications of what Herr Doktor did to Lisa. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. It would be one thing to find out you were a different person than you thought you were. What would be the farther impact on Lisa of finding out that not only was she a different person than she thought but that her early memories are completely gone so she'll never know exactly who she was?

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