Possible Essay Questions
Test Three

Sarah Paretsky is the most politically liberal of the female novelists we have read. Briefly explain what "political liberalism" is and how Blacklist reflects this political perspective.

The discuss the thematic relevance of the title Blacklist to the plot of the book.

Discuss the question of the femme fatale in The Wycherly Woman. In what ways does Phoebe Wycherly conform or not conform to the traditional femme fatale?

Discuss the theme family disintegration as it is developed in The Wycherly Woman.

Write a brief essay in which you summarize the career, style and achievements of Sarah Paretsky or Ross McDonald.