The Stranger Beside Me Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ann Rule
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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. After visiting Ted, Ann meets with whom for dinner, hoping to learn more about Ted?

2. Ted shows no violence toward Ann when she tells him what?

3. When Ted is apprehended by police, what kind of vehicle is he driving?

4. In what three states do Ted's crimes take place?

5. The author is a former what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does a Seattle-based psychiatrist describe the likely killer of Janice Ott and Denise Naslund?

2. Linda Ann Healy is a part-time weather forecaster. When she doesn't show up for work and there is no evidence she returned home the previous night, detectives are called into the case. What do they discover?

3. Why does Ted's mother move with Ted across the country in 1950 to live in Seattle, Washington?

4. What do Stephanie and Meg have in common?

5. The second case Ann is called upon to help investigate is that of Joni Lenz. What happened to Joni?

6. Why don't the authorities immediately arrest Ted when Meg reveals her suspicions?

7. After talking with Ted, Ann begins to think that perhaps the authorities do have the wrong man. What dream makes her wonder about her convictions?

8. How does Ted manage to escape from the law library in Aspen?

9. After the murders stop in Utah, how and where do they restart?

10. At what point in Ted's life do the chapters about Ted escaping from Garfield County Jail and running away from the law begin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ann Rule is in a difficult position as both the author of this book (an objective point of view) and the friend of the main character (a subjective point of view). How effective do you feel that she is in being a strong storyteller? What would you have liked to see more or less of in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Ted seeks attention from others throughout the book. Give at least five examples of places where he attracts attention toward himself. Talk about why you believe he goes about chasing the spotlight again and again until he is put to death in 1989.

Essay Topic 3

When animals are caged for long periods of time, they can become angrier or more docile. Draw an analogy between Ted and an animal that has become trapped in a cage. When does Ted seem resigned? When does he seem frustrated or enraged?

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