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Caroline and Charles Todd
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Wilton recall meeting on his morning walk the day of the murder?
(a) Maggie Sommers and a child.
(b) Helena Sommers and a child who had lost her doll.
(c) Hickam and a woman of ill repute.
(d) Catherine Tarrant and her new lover.

2. Who is Agnes Farrell?
(a) Grandmother to Lettice Wood.
(b) Grandmother to Helena Sommers.
(c) Grandmother to Catherine Tarrant.
(d) Grandmother to Lizzie Pinter.

3. Why does Rutledge become angry in Chapter 7 while talking with Lettice Wood?
(a) She reminds him of his mother.
(b) She is more courageous than his former fiancee Jean.
(c) She will not answer his questions.
(d) She is beautiful but he can never have her.

4. What does Rutledge find unusual about the nurse's attitude toward Hickam in Chapter 9?
(a) She is callous and cold.
(b) She is surprisingly cruel.
(c) She is surprisingly kind.
(d) She is indifferent.

5. Who does Rutledge run into in Chapter 5 after leaving Mavers?
(a) Wilton.
(b) Royston.
(c) Tarrant.
(d) Warren.

6. How is the murder victim in this novel killed?
(a) With a poison.
(b) With a shotgun blast to the face.
(c) With a knife.
(d) With a gunshot to the breast.

7. What does Rutledge tell Bowles when he calls from Scotland Yard in Chapter 9?
(a) They need more time to be sure of the murderer.
(b) He has no clue who committed the murder and will more than likely declare it to be persons unknown.
(c) They will solve the case within a few days.
(d) They have a murder weapon but no susects.

8. Who, as revealed in Chapter 10, is receiving a pension from an unknown source?
(a) Harris.
(b) Davies.
(c) Mavers.
(d) Wilton.

9. What does Lettice Wood think of Rutledge?
(a) He is good at his job.
(b) He is goodlooking.
(c) He is cold.
(d) He is crazy.

10. What has Bowles received that causes him some pleasure when it comes to dealing with Rutledge?
(a) A letter describing Rutledge's mental instability after the war.
(b) A letter discussing Rutledge's resignation from Scotland Yard.
(c) A letter describing Rutledge's incompentency as an inspector.
(d) A letter discussing Rutledge's promotion at Scotland Yard.

11. Who, as described in Chapter 5, prevented Mavers from joining the Army at the beginning of World War I?
(a) Warren.
(b) Wilton.
(c) Harris.
(d) Royston.

12. What is guarding the Sommers home when Rutledge arrives in Chapter 7?
(a) A goose.
(b) A dog.
(c) A cat.
(d) A pig.

13. What does Rutledge notice about the personality of Helena's sister when he meets her in Chapter 7?
(a) She is shy and reserved.
(b) She is promiscuous and flirty.
(c) She is outgoing and confident.
(d) She is ugly and unpleasant.

14. Who is Laurence Royston?
(a) Harris' best friend.
(b) Harris' cousin.
(c) Harris' man of business.
(d) Harris' butler.

15. What alibi does Inspector Forrest present to Rutledge for Mavers in Chapter 6?
(a) A list of people who saw him making a speech in the town square.
(b) An affidavit from the innkeeper swearing Mavers was sleeping in one of his rooms.
(c) The testimony of Mavers' wife claiming he was at home that morning.
(d) A notorized note from his mother saying he was doing chores for her that morning.

Short Answer Questions

1. What emotion is uppermost in the murder victim's mind when he realizes he is dying?

2. What type of handwriting is the letter Bowles received regarding Rutledge written in?

3. Who does Rutledge suggest to Wilton might have been the real murderer?

4. What type of accident is Royston in that forces him to borrow money from Harris to make it right?

5. Where is the body of the murder victim found?

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