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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 does Stephanie get Spiro to take her to the basement after someone goes missing?
2. What does Stephanie land in after unsuccessfully breaking into the Sandman's house?
3. At the beginning of Chapter 10, what are Lula and Connie fighting about?
4. Where does Stephanie move to after Grandma Mazur is attacked?
5. Why do the windows of the Buick steam up during the funeral home surveillance?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the fact that Stephanie's mother tried to set Stephanie up with Spiro say about her mother's judgment?
2. Mrs. Plum is suddenly on Stephanie's side and wants her to succeed at capturing Kenny. Why?
3. Why does Lula break the window when she and Stephanie visit Spiro's apartment?
4. In Chapter Eleven, what action does Stephanie take that causes the religious structure of the 'Burg to be revealed?
5. Why does Stephanie once again snap back to business with Morelli, in spite of the kiss they shared?
6. How does Morelli help defend Grandma Mazur and Stephanie against Kenny?
7. When Grandma Mazur is attacked, this hurts Stephanie more than if she were attacked. Why?
8. Describe the type of style the women in the 'Burg aspire to. Does caring about beauty and fashion make them seem oppressed?
9. What does Stephanie learn about Morelli when Andy Roche appears in Chapter Twelve, and what does this say about Stephanie's instincts?
10. Why does Morelli's past with Stephanie suggest a greater opportunity for a future?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Although Stephanie's heart was broken by her ex-husband, the author puts Stephanie face to face with the woman who helped ruin her marriage instead of him. Consider why the author uses this approach. Does the scene create more sympathy for Stephanie? Does it offer any additional insight into why Stephanie is the way she is? How could the story have been different if Stephanie had bumped into her ex-husband instead?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
The 'Burg was practically a character in the novel itself. This community had a life of its own and beliefs of its own that shaped the characters and the outcome of the story.
Part 1) Describe the 'Burg. What were its unique qualities? How did its character affect the story?
Part 2) What is the significance of the 'Burg in this novel? Could the same story be as believable without the 'Burg as a location?
Part 3) If you were to offer up a different setting for the story, what would be a location option as strong as this one and why?
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