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 say London gave him in the aftermath of the debacle with McLeod?

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

3. Who is Agnes Farrell?

4. What item in Mavers' house does Hamish find for Rutledge in Chapter 5?

5. Who is Ian Rutledge?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Harris stop Mavers from joining the military as Mavers describes it in Chapter 5?

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

3. In Chapter 16, Rutledge learns that Harris ate lunch at the inn often. What is unusual about Harris' lunch the Tuesday before his death?

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

5. Why does Rutledge questions Mrs. Davenant about the pension Mavers' receives in Chapter 11?

6. Why does Rutledge agree in Chapter 18 to delay his arrest of Captain Wilton until after the funeral?

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

8. Why does Rutledge interview the two women of ill-repute who live on the lane?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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