The Relic Test | Mid-Book 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. 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. Where was the original Museum of Natural History built?

3. What does Whittlesey see on the dead body on the trial before him that tells him it is human?

4. How many claws does the Mbwun figurine have on its front legs?

5. To whom does Whittlesey write a letter before sending his crates away?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to the rest of Whittlesey's team?

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

3. What leads Pendergast to suggest the killer of the security guard in Chapter 14 was intent on getting inside the secure area where extremely important and delicate objects are kept within the museum?

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

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

6. What does Pendergast require of Dr. Wright in order to begin a successful investigation into the murders in the museum?

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

8. What is the Mbwun figure? What happened when it was added to the Superstition Exhibit?

9. In what year does Whittlesey's expedition take place? How long is this before the events depicted in the rest of the novel?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss two of the following. Include in your discussion how the two elements work together to build a strong plot:

1) Setting

2) Character

3) Point of view

4) Language

5) Structure

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following in detail. including examples from the novel:

1) Metaphor

2) Symbolism

3) Simile

4) Object

Essay Topic 3

There is a large amount of competition in the academic world. Discuss the competition seen in this novel. What kind of competition is involved? Who competes against who? What does Dr. Frock have to say about the competition he finds himself in? Is Margo competing with someone in this novel? If so, in what way and for what reason? What would the academic world be like without competition? How does this competition form and destroy reputations? How important is this competition to the careers of academicians?

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