A Test of Wills Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Caroline and Charles Todd
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who, as described in Chapter 5, died of drowning?

2. What nationality does one of Lettice Wood's suggest for a secret lover Catherine Tarrant had?

3. Who is Laurence Royston?

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

5. Who does Rutledge run into in Chapter 5 after leaving Mavers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Rutledge discover in Chapter 20 when he goes into Helena Sommers' bedroom the morning of the funeral?

3. Why does Rutledge questions Mrs. Davenant about the pension Mavers' receives in Chapter 11?

4. Where does Rutledge find himself continuously drawn as he continues to investigate the murder of Harris?

5. What information does Mrs. Davenant give Rutledge about Wilton in Chapter 11 that could provide a motive for murder?

6. In what condition does Rutledge find the owner of the doll he found in Chapter 12 in the meadow where Harris' body was found?

7. Why does the author switch point of view in a series of vignettes at the end of Chapter 17?

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

9. Who killed Colonel Charles Harris?

10. Who is the prime suspect as supported by the evidence in Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Who is Hamish McLeod? How did he die? How did this death cause Rutledge to have something of a mental break? Why does Rutledge often hear Hamish's voice in his head? How does this change the way Rutledge looks at the world and does his job? What does this say about Rutledge's mental state? What does it say about the way in which Rutledge deals with stress? What might happen is anyone learns the truth about Rutledge's mental state?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss irony. How many examples of irony are there in this novel? How is the death of Hamish McLeod filled with irony? Is this part of what causes Rutledge to become obsessed with Hamish? What is ironic about the change in relationship between Lettice and her guardian? What is ironic about Harris' death? How could Harris' death been prevented? How did Harris' death prevent the death of another character?

Essay Topic 3

Who is Lettice Wood? What is her condition the first time Rutledge interviews her? Why does this cause Rutledge to believe Lettice is hiding something? What kind of answers does Lettice give to Rutledge's many questions? Why does Rutledge find himself routinely returning to talk to Lettice? Who does Lettice remind Rutledge of? What information about her relationship to Harris does Lettice finally reveal to Rutledge that takes away Wilton's motive for murder? How is this information a sad turn for Rutledge in comparison to his own experiences?

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