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. Why does Rutledge return to Helena Sommers' cottage in Chapter 7?

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

3. What does Rutledge have trouble doing at the end of Chapter 4 that worries him about his ability to solve the case?

4. What does Lettice Wood think of Rutledge?

5. What does Mrs. Davenant have to say about the murder victim in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Wilton deny doing the morning of the murder that goes directly against eye witness testimony?

2. Why does Catherine Tarrant seek out Rutledge in chapter 5?

3. Why was Scotland Yard called in to investigate the murder of Colonel Harris?

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

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

6. In Chapter 9, what does Dr. Warren believe is wrong with Lizzie Pinter?

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

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

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

10. What does Rutledge feel is unusual about the position in which the body of Colonel Harris was found?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What is shell shock? Who experiences shell shock in this novel? What symptoms of shell shock does each character experience in the novel? What is the modern equivalent of shell shock? How does shell shock influence or take away from the investigation into Harris' murder? How has shell shock have the power to ruin the reputation of a main character of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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