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. Who is Sally Davenant?

2. What does Mr. Pinter do for a living?

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

4. Why does Rutledge become angry in Chapter 7 while talking with Lettice Wood?

5. Who shows impatience in Chapter 7 to clear the murder investigation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Wilton refuse to answer questions about Catherine Tarrant? What does he chose to talk about instead?

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Mrs. Davenant urge Captain Wilton to visit Lettice Wood at Mallows?

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

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

9. What is Rutledge's impression of Carfield, the local vicar?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 characters and their motives for murder in detail, citing examples from the novel to support your conclusions:

1) Wilton

2) Mavers

3) Royston

4) Hickam.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following in detail:

1) writing style

2) theme

3) irony

4) symbolism.

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