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1. Chester Gould had captured a large audience with his "Dick Tracy" comic strip. One of the things that brought women back to read the strip daily was the "soap opera" romance of Dick and Tess Trueheart. After a failed raid on Big Boys room, in which the police found a sarcastic note from the gangster, Dick blamed Tess for "babbling" and giving away his plans. During a dark, cold, snowy encounter on a bridge, what does Tess do with her engagement ring?
2. After being reinstated to the Plainclothes Squad, Dick Tracy saw a suspicious looking man in a hotel lobby. He was impeccably dressed with monocle, bowler hat, cigarette holder and diamond stick pin. Together with his accomplice, Belle, he was trying to steal Mrs. Trueheart's ten thousand dollar life insurance policy which she got when Emil died. What was his New York-style name?
3. Broadway Bates knocked Dick Tracy unconscious by dropping a suitcase full of bricks on his head. With Tracy's bare feet tied down, Bates demanded Tracy write a letter of ransom for Mrs. Trueheart's insurance money. When he refused, Bates said "Give him the works, Oscar." What was "The Works"?
4. Chester Gould took many of his early stories out of the newspapers. When young Buddy Waldorf was kidnapped, what real-life kidnapping was the story imitating?
5. Dick Track spent a lot of time doing investigation work after the kidnapping of Buddy Waldorf. After interviewing the Waldorf gardener, Tracy berates Pat Patton for not realizing the gardeners description of a man who asked the whereabouts of Mr. Waldorf was Big Boy. A few days later, Pat uncovers a telegraph message addressed to Mr. Yobgib. Now its Pats turn to explain to Tracy who Mr. Yobgib is. Who is it?
6. Upon the safe return of his son, John H. Waldorf offers Dick Tracy some bonds, which Tracy refuses. He does, however, notice the bonds are forgeries. This begins the story of the third major villain. Who is the aptly-named bond forger?
7. In the Alec Penn story, we find what became a Dick Tracy staple-the death trap.
Tracy and Pat are led to a private zoo, where there is a cage of unusually hungry lions. Watching by night, they see a man slide the bars of the lion cage to reveal a door, which he enters. A second man slid the bars back into place. Later when Tracy and Pat moved the bars and entered the room, a mysterious man slid them back, thereby trapping them in the lions cage. What man from a previous story was also watching, and shot the lions just as they broke through the door?
8. Dick Tracy villain #4: Kenneth Grebb. Grebb is blackmailing his fiance, Marge Dale's father and trying to kill her in a northwoods cabin. Marge and Tess Trueheart are friends, and she and Dick are guests at the cabin. There follows car chases across burning bridges, car crashes, grizzly bear attacks and, of course, a tear gas fountain pen. In a foreshadowing of his demise, Grebb rolls a boulder down a mountain at Tracy, who is struggling with the grizzly. The boulder strikes the bear. How does Kenneth Grebb meet his crushing defeat?
9. Chester Gould has hooked the male reader with his crime fighting detective, the female reader with the soap opera-like romance of Dick Tracy and Tess Trueheart, and now aims at the younger audience. The Kid appears suddenly running into Pat Patton who is innocently walking along the street. What has The Kid done?
10. The Kid is protected by the fifth major Dick Tracy criminal, whose "profession" has become symbol of the 1930s, which would now be called homeless. By what name was he referred?
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