Death of an Expert Witness Test | Final Test - Hard

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Death of an Expert Witness Test | Final 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. Why is Brenda's mother unhappy?

2. Who wants to see Dalgliesh after he is done at the Lorrimer house?

3. How does Stella Mawson seem as Dalgliesh questions her?

4. What is Domenica's attitude towards the detectives?

5. With whom does Domenica live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dalgliesh learn from Miss Willard?

2. What does Major Hunt tell Dalgliesh and Massingham about Dr. Lorrimer's will?

3. What do several witnesses on a bus tell the detectives?

4. Describe Miss Willard.

5. What does Dalgliesh ask Domenica and Howarth and what astounds the detectives with Domenica's reply?

6. Describe the scene at the chapel when Dalgliesh and Massingham arrive and what do they do.

7. Who do Dalgliesh and Massingham meet upon arriving at the Lorrimer cottage and what do they learn from the person?

8. What do the detectives learn from Mr. Lorrimer?

9. Where does Brenda work the day after the discovery of the murder and what does she discuss with Director Howarth?

10. Describe Maxim Howarth's thoughts about Domenica?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For most people, murder is an unthinkable act, though many might say "I'm going to murder you if you don't" Discuss the following:

1. Analyze and discuss which of the characters seem to have a motive to murder Dr. Lorrimer. What is each character's motive? Do any of the motives seem strong enough to warrant murder?

2. Discuss and analyze the difference between the first murder of Dr. Lorrimer that Dr. Kerrison commits versus the second one of Stella Mawson. Consider the following questions. Which murder seems most justified? What is the motive for each murder? Each murder involves blackmail. Does this change your view of Dr. Kerrison as a murderer?

3. What are possible ways Dr. Kerrison could have handled the situations with the persons he murdered short of murder? Would taking alternate courses solve his problems?

Essay Topic 2

The murder of Stella Mawson comes late in the book. Discuss the following:

1. How does the murder of Stella Mawson contribute to the basic plot line or not?

2. How different would Death of an Expert Witness be if Mawson has not been murdered?

3. How did you as a reader react to Mawson's murder? Explain thoroughly.

4. Most readers have heard of the term "gratuitous violence" when referring to violence that seems to be a part of a story for no good reason. Is this true of Mawson's murder? Explain your thoughts with examples.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Discuss the following:

1. Name two ideas/concepts you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze those ideas throughout the book and discuss whether you think P.D. James has an agenda concerning those ideas.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

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