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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 first mentions Mavers to Rutledge while he is doing interviews?
2. What type of handwriting is the letter Bowles received regarding Rutledge written in?
3. Who does Helena Sommers suggest might be the murderer in Chapter 10?
4. What type of accident is Royston in that forces him to borrow money from Harris to make it right?
5. What caused the death of Catherine Tarrant's German lover?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why was Scotland Yard called in to investigate the murder of Colonel Harris?
2. Who is Helena Sommers? What is unusual about her living arrangements?
3. Why does Dr. Warren claim he felt it necessary to sedate Lettice Wood after the death of her guardian?
4. What is Rutledge's impression of Carfield, the local vicar?
5. Why does Wilton refuse to answer questions about Catherine Tarrant? What does he chose to talk about instead?
6. What does Rutledge find unusual about Lettice Wood's manner in Chapter 2?
7. What has happened to Hickman in Chapter 7 that angers Rutledge?
8. What does Rutledge feel is unusual about the position in which the body of Colonel Harris was found?
9. In Chapter 9, what does Dr. Warren believe is wrong with Lizzie Pinter?
10. What does Rutledge think of the reunion between Lettice Wood and Captain Wilton in Chapter 9?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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