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. What does Rutledge find unusual about the nurse's attitude toward Hickam in Chapter 9?

2. Who does Davies think should be recorded as the murderer in Chapter 7?

3. What response does Catherine Tarrant receive when she asks a person in Chapter 6 to model for a painting?

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

5. Who does Rutledge discover Tarrant really is when he goes to see her in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who does Rutledge give money to at the end of Chapter 6? For what reason?

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

7. What does Rutledge see that causes the voice of Hamish to become quite loud for a moment?

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

9. What is revealed when the author switches point of views at the beginning of Chapter 7?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following in detail:

1) writing style

2) theme

3) irony

4) symbolism.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Who is the main suspect in the murder of Harris? What does Rutledge think about the evidence he has gathered against this suspect? Does Scotland Yard support Rutledge's conclusions? Does Rutledge have the full support of his superiors at Scotland Yard? Explain. What could potentially happen to Ian Rutledge if he fails to solve this case in a satisfactory manner? Why do many people complain that Rutledge is taking too long to solve the case? Is he? How does Rutledge respond to this pressure?

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