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 did a mob try to lynch Mavers in Chapter 5?

2. What does Rutledge tell Bowles when he calls from Scotland Yard in Chapter 9?

3. What does Rutledge realize about Lettice Wood that causes Hamish to talk to him about witches?

4. What class of people does Mavers claim are oppressed in Chapter 5?

5. What did Hamish McLeod refuse to do that caused Rutledge to send him to stand before the firing squad during World War I?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Catherine Tarrant admit she paid Hickam after the murder?

6. What does Mavers lecture about in public that expresses his unhappiness with the aristocracy in England and particularly Colonel Harris?

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

10. What does Lettice Wood reveal to Rutledge in Chapter 19 after he wakes her in the middle of the night?

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 one of the following themes in detail, citing examples from the novel:

1) revenge

2) death and grief

3) romantic disappointments

4) mental instability.

Essay Topic 3

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

1) Lettice Wood and Mark Wilton

2) Lettice Wood and Charles Harris

3) Mark Wilton and Charles Harris.

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