A Great Deliverance Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Elizabeth George
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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. With whom does Stepha Odell suspect that Roberta has been in love?

2. Where do Simon Allcourt-St. James and his new bride stay during their honeymoon?

3. When Inspector Lynley's brother-in-law was murdered five years ago, who did Chief Inspector Nies arrest for the crime?

4. What color hair does Stepha Odell have?

5. What rumors has Sergeant Barbara Havers heard about Inspector Lynley at Scotland Yard?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Hank and JoJo Watson differ from Simon and Deborah Allcourt-St. James?

2. In the book's opening scene, how does Father Hart imagine that the old woman sitting across from him on the train perceives him?

3. What is Richard Gibson's relationship to Roberta and what implicates him as a suspect in the murder of William Teys?

4. Who is Harry Houseman and what does he reveal to Inspector Lynley?

5. What is Sergeant Barbara Havers' opinion of Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley?

6. What does Sergeant Barbara Havers look like?

7. Who is the Railway Ripper and what crimes is he or she committing?

8. How long has Russell Mowrey been missing and what is significance about the date on which he disappeared?

9. What facts does Father Hart reveal in Chapter 3 about William Teys' murder?

10. Who are Olivia and Bridie Odell and what is their relationship to William Teys?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast any three of the following secondary characters in the novel: Lady Helen Clyde, Stepha Odell, Jimmy Havers, Ezra Farmington, Mrs. Burton-Thomas, Richard Gibson, and Nigel Parrish. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

"A Great Deliverance" is set in a contemporary village in Yorkshire, England. Discuss how the geographical and chronological setting affect the story and how the characters and story might differ if Elizabeth Peters had set the novel in the United States during the 1930's instead. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the concept of social class in the novel. How is the aristocracy portrayed? How is the middle class portrayed? How is the working class portrayed? What do you think the author is saying about English society in this novel? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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