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

Caroline and Charles Todd
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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 is Redfern?

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

3. Who does Helena Sommers suggest might be the murderer in Chapter 10?

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

5. What does Hamish imply to Rutledge as Rutledge listens to Lettice Wood and Mark Wilton discuss the cancellation of their wedding?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Davenant urge Captain Wilton to visit Lettice Wood at Mallows?

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

3. What does Rutledge learn about Catherine Tarrant that might provide motive for her to kill Harris?

4. Who do the servants at Harris' estate tell Rutledge were fighting the night before Harris' murder?

5. Why does Royston tell Rutledge he once borrowed money from Colonel Harris?

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

7. What does Rutledge find unusual about Lettice Wood's manner in Chapter 2?

8. Why does Wilton refuse to answer questions about Catherine Tarrant? What does he chose to talk about instead?

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

10. What has happened to Hickman in Chapter 7 that angers Rutledge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is Colonel Charles Harris? How was he murdered? What does Rutledge quickly learn about Harris' background when he arrives in the village? What did the villagers thinks of Harris? Does this influence Rutledge's opinions of Harris? Why does Rutledge have trouble identifying with Harris? Is this important to Rutledge's investigation? For what reason?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following in detail:

1) writing style

2) theme

3) irony

4) symbolism.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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