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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 sort of preternatural creature is Richard?

2. According to Richard, how did Raina convince Marcus to sanction pornography between humans and shapeshifters?

3. After conversing with Irving, Anita agrees to meet with Marcus under what condition?

4. What sort of preternatural creature is Kaspar?

5. After Anita tells Louie about her client, Elvira, what does Louie agree to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gretchen attempt to do to the minds of a police officer and Anita near The Fox?

2. When Anita notices something familiar about Gabriel, why is this significant?

3. Near the end of the novel, who is placed in the two cages in Kaspar's basement?

4. Until being separated from Richard by Anita during an argument in Anita's apartment, why does Jean-Claude refuse to leave Anita's apartment until Anita kisses him?

5. When Richard and Anita share Chinese food, what is the nature of their argument?

6. After Anita and Edward leave Kaspar's basement, what does Richard do?

7. Why does Anita leave Richard and Jean-Claude at the theater without saying goodbye?

8. Why does Elvira wish to hire Anita?

9. Describe Louie, who Anita meets at Washington University the morning after viewing Edward's video.

10. What happens to Anita when she arrives at the crime scene with the dead hunter?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's use of dark humor in the novel. Please reference at least three examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Why, throughout most of "The Lunatic Cafe," does Anita resent any attempt by Richard to protect her? Why, near the end of the novel, is Anita grateful when Richard tries to rescue her from Jason?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the mechanics of dominance in a wolf pack. Why does Richard challenge Marcus for the position of pack leader, then defeat Marcus, and ultimately refuse to kill Marcus and assume his rightful position?

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