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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. Who has control over the content of William Smithback's writing at the Museum of Natural History?

2. What does Kothoga mean?

3. Who is Beauregard?

4. What relative of Margo's died in the weeks before the opening of the main plot of the novel?

5. What is the Secure Area?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Smithback ask Kawakita to help him with in Chapter 25? Why does Kawakita refuse?

2. What is a ballistics analysis and why does Pendergast suggest one be done on the blood at the crime scene in Chapter 14?

3. Why does Smithback suggest the search for a killer in the museum would be nearly impossible?

4. What do the scientists at the independent lab tell Pendergast and D'Agosta in Chapter 23 about the DNA sample taken from the claw found in the chest of one of the victims?

5. What does the director of the museum tell the press after the murder of two children in the museum?

6. What is Dr. Frock's main complaint about Dr. Cuthbert's new exhibit at the Museum of Natural History?

7. What are the three conditions Rickman gave to Smithback in the writing of his book in Chapter 13?

8. Where does Whittlesey find Crocker? What does the marks on the body say to Whittlesey about Crocker's fate?

9. What is a scientific expedition?

10. What is odd about the DNA sample the lab tech examines in Chapter 17?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is Pendergast? Where is he from? Why does he come to New York? Why does he become involved in the investigation into the murders at the museum? Does D'Agosta want Pendergast's help? Discuss the relationship between Pendergast and D'Agosta in detail. Why is Pendergast removed from the investigation? What does Pendergast do with this information? Why would Pendergast begin investigating on his own? What does Pendergast know about he creature that other investigator's refuse to believe? How did Pendergast become involved in this investigation in the first place? What does the fact that Whittlesey's cargo was stopped in New Orleans for a time have to do with Pendergast? How does Pendergast eventually kill the creature?

Essay Topic 2

Why do Pendergast and Margo lure the creature to them? How do they hope to kill it? Why does Pendergast force Margo to hold the flashlight? What does light do to the creature? How does Pendergast know this? What is Margo's role in the killing of the creature? Why are the first few shots against the creature unsuccessful? How does Pendergast finally kill the creature? Why did no one think of this sooner? Why is Frock unable to autopsy the creature? What might Frock have found if he had?

Essay Topic 3

Who is Margo Green? Why does the author focus on this character at the beginning of the novel? What does Margo do at the museum? What is her dissertation on? How does this dissertation relate to the events that take place in the novel? How does Margo stumble upon the truth about the killer in the museum? Does Margo know the entire truth about the killer when the climax of the novel takes place? What is still left for Margo to learn? What difference could have been made had Margo learned this last bit of information about the killer?

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