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Caroline and Charles Todd
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Wilton claim he moved to the small country village?
(a) To get away from the bustle of the city.
(b) To be closer to his former fiancee.
(c) To be close to his cousin.
(d) To get away from killing.

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

3. What does Lettice Wood say the murder victim's state of mind was in the days before his death?
(a) He was very, very happy.
(b) He was preoccupied.
(c) He was depressed.
(d) He was unsatisfied with life.

4. What did Hamish McLeod refuse to do that caused Rutledge to send him to stand before the firing squad during World War I?
(a) Refused to leave the battlefield.
(b) He tried to kill Rutledge.
(c) Refused to follow a direct order.
(d) He killed another soldier in their squad.

5. Where is the body of the murder victim found?
(a) In a corn field.
(b) In a dining room.
(c) In a meadow.
(d) In a bedroom.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Rutledge discover Tarrant really is when he goes to see her in Chapter 8?

2. What is guarding the Sommers home when Rutledge arrives in Chapter 7?

3. What does Rutledge think of the murder victim?

4. Why does Lettice Wood lie to her maid about her crying jag in Chapter 9?

5. What alibi does Inspector Forrest present to Rutledge for Mavers in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about the death of Hamish McLeod as described in Chapter 9?

2. Who does Rutledge learn that Catherine Tarrant blamed for the death of her German lover?

3. What does Rutledge think of the reunion between Lettice Wood and Captain Wilton in Chapter 9?

4. What skill does Rutledge fear he has lost in his experiences in the war?

5. Why does Dr. Warren claim he felt it necessary to sedate Lettice Wood after the death of her guardian?

6. Who is Daniel Hickam? Why is he not considered a reliable witness in the murder of Colonel Charles Harris?

7. Who is Bowles? Why does he dislike Rutledge?

8. What does Rutledge see that causes the voice of Hamish to become quite loud for a moment?

9. Who is Hamish McLeod? What is his connection to Rutledge?

10. What does Rutledge note as odd in Wilton's behavior toward Lettice in the aftermath of Harris' murder?

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