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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. How much force does the coroner's office suggest it would require to create the lacerations on the security guard's body in one stroke?

2. What causes Margo to run from the exhibit hall in Chapter 20?

3. What is myth triangulation?

4. Who finds being locked in the break room of the museum in Chapter 4 outrageous?

5. Where was the original Museum of Natural History built?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Margo Green find when she reports for work on Monday morning in Chapter 3?

2. What is the Callisto Effect?

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

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 is Margo Green working on at the Museum of Natural History? Who is her adviser?

6. What effect is the murder investigation having on the Museum of Natural History's visitors and staff?

7. What connection between the killer and the Mbwun figurine does Margo make in Chapter 25?

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

9. Why is D'Agosta called to the Computer Room in Chapter 26? What happens while he is there?

10. What does the medical examiner tell D'Agosta about the missing part of the victim's brain and what it does inside the human body?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss scientific expeditions. What are they? What is the purpose of an expedition? Who goes on these expeditions? Are they restricted just to scientists? What happens to the artifacts taken during these expeditions? For what purpose are these artifacts taken? Should they be taken? Compare and contrast a real expedition with the Whittlesey expedition discussed in this novel. For example, compare the Whittlesey expedition with the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Discuss the details of each, what the explorers hoped to find, and what the end result was. What did each of these expeditions do for civilization?

Essay Topic 2

In the end, how many people did the creature kill? Why did the creature not kill Cuthbert? What happened to Cuthbert instead? Was this a fate well deserved, or a sad turn of events? Explain your answer. What did the police find in the creature's lair? What does this suggest about the creature's lifestyle? Who was identified by the artifacts found in the creature's lair? Did the creature really kill all those people? Why did the FBI not allow Dr. Frock to autopsy the body of the creature? What might have been found if he had? Why would the FBI try to cover up such a creature's existence? Is it possible another creature could again invade New York or a similar place? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the Callisto Effect. What is the Callisto Effect? Who developed it? What evidence is there to support such a theory? Why do other scientists deny the existence of the Callisto Effect? What evidence is there against the theory? How does the creature who was killing people in the Museum of Natural History appear to prove the Callisto Effect? How does it disprove the theory?

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