The Poet Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Connelly
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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. Jack immediately complains that his ______ has/have been violated.

2. What is the name of the librarian often consulted by Jack?

3. What acronym is used for the name of the brother's employer?

4. Where did Sean send a copy of his case file?

5. Washington takes it upon himself to contact which Denver cop?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the first suspicions that Jack has about the case? Do Wexler and St. Louis confirm Jack's theory?

2. Who were the news bearers? How were they related to Sean? Where did they work?

3. What happened after the case had been pursued doggedly for two weeks?

4. The Theresa Lofton case is compared to a similar murder case of the 1940s. What are the similar details?

5. What happens when Washington finally gets in touch with Wexler? What is Wexler's reaction?

6. Jack is able to make a tenuous connection to Warren. What is the connection?

7. What is Washington's reaction when he learns Jack's back story? How is the incident smoothed over?

8. Where do Jack and Legs meet? Where do the men go and why?

9. What is Riley's reaction when she learns that Sean is dead? What common opinion does Riley share with Jack?

10. How did the media react to Sean's boycott?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The cops in the CAPs Unit were not willing to cooperate with Jack at first. Why? Which cop gave Jack the hardest time? Which cop was most helpful? What did Sean's co-workers think about Sean's death? Did any of the cops share Jack's opinions on the case? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Like Jack, Glenn was once a hotshot reporter. Examine Glenn's career. Why did Glenn switch to an editorial position? Compare and contrast Glenn's style and experience with Jack's work and professional accomplishments.

Essay Topic 3

Often times in a sensational case, the media will interfere with the investigation. Discuss how the media was handled in the case of the Poet. Why did Sean and the other cops act "as if they felt no obligation to talk to the public at all?" Why did the media take it upon itself to conduct its own investigation? What did the author mean when he stated that the media was responsible for "numbing the reading and television-watching public with sordid details about the victim's life that actually had nothing to do with anything?"

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