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

2. Who is Catherine Tarrant searching for at the beginning of chapter 6?

3. Which villager does Rutledge recall in Chapter 4 that he saw during his own time in the war?

4. Which veterans of the war does Wilton suggest are the worst off?

5. What illness does Rutledge learn Hickam suffers in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Rutledge's impression of Carfield, the local vicar?

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

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

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

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

6. Who is Helena Sommers? What is unusual about her living arrangements?

7. Why does Rutledge have Davies check the railroad for out of town visitors the day of the murder?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does Lettice reveal about her relationship with Harris? How did this changing relationship lead to a fight between Harris and Lettice? Harris and Wilton? How could this argument have been motive for murder? Is it? Why does Lettice fail to tell this story to Rutledge until late in the novel? What is Lettice trying to hide? Has Lettice done something wrong? Has Harris? What might the public have though had this truth come out more publicly?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss each of the following in detail, citing examples from the novel to support your conclusions:

1) Setting

2) Point of view

3) Metaphor and symbolism

4) Structure.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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