Two for the Dough 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 time passes between Chapter One and Chapter Two?

2. Why does Stephanie go to the storage facility after a night when she couldn't sleep?

3. What do men admire about the Buick?

4. What did Vinnie do to cause a problem with the female file clerk?

5. What does Stephanie have to remind herself regarding Morelli?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the major difference between the attitude of Stephanie's grandmother and Mrs. Plum?

2. Why does Stephanie hire a former prostitute to work for Vinnie?

3. How does the information about the money spent on funerals continue to cast suspicion on Spiro's story?

4. Why does Stephanie visit dangerous suspects without back-up?

5. By leaving a card with the Sandman's neighbor, is Stephanie setting herself up as a target or simply attempting to get information?

6. Why does Stephanie become suspicious of Spiro and the cheap caskets?

7. The size of the Buick is used as a commentary piece regarding what?

8. Why did parts of the 'Burg seem to become less fortunate than others?

9. Stephanie attends dinner with her grandmother hoping to get a lead on her case through neighborhood gossip. The grandmother invites Stephanie to dinner in hopes that she will connect with Spiro, the surprise dinner guest. What do these actions say about the relationship of these women to each other?

10. What do Stephanie and her Grandmother argue about prior to Moogey's funeral?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several instances of foreshadowing in the story. Choose one example from the text and analyze it. What is the foreshadowing? Why is it there? Does it pay off? Does it add to the story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

For someone portrayed as such a strong woman, Stephanie seems weak turning down the advances of Spiro. What attributes to this?

Part 1) Consider the many situations with Spiro that Stephanie is forced into. Did she put herself in those situations or was it due to outside forces?

Part 2) Debate why Stephanie chooses to avoid telling Spiro she is not interested in him. Is this behavior fair to Spiro?

Part 3) When Stephanie finally parts ways from Spiro, it is not through her hand. Normally such a strong character, what does this say about Stephanie when it comes to men and relationships?

Essay Topic 3

Within the novel, there were several graphic acts of violence. However, the author manipulated these opportunities for violence in such a way that the novel was not gory, but instead comical. Analyze three specific instances where violence was used and how the author managed to present a graphic concept while maintaining entertainment value.

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