A Test of Wills Test | Final 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 want to know about Mavers' actions the morning of the murder?

2. Why was the murder victim, as discovered by Rutledge in Chapter 14, riding his horse near the houses of ill repute on the lane?

3. What does Wilton continuously refuse to answer each time Rutledge asks?

4. How does Lizzie Pinter react to the sight of her father in Chapter 14?

5. What is implied by the fight that Harris and Lettice had in the inn before Harris' death?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Rutledge question women in the village square in Chapter 14 about Mavers' alibi?

3. Why does Bowles claim Scotland Yard cannot support Rutledge if he arrests Captain Wilton without strong evidence in Chapter 18?

4. What does Lettice Wood say about her thoughts on Wilton's possible motives for murder?

5. What comment does Royston make about the murder in Chapter 13?

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

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

8. Why does Rutledge go to the Sommers' home the morning of the funeral?

9. What does Rutledge discover in Chapter 20 when he goes into Helena Sommers' bedroom the morning of the funeral?

10. What new information does Rutledge get when he is finally able to interview Hickam in Chapter 15?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

1) Setting

2) Point of view

3) Metaphor and symbolism

4) Structure.

Essay Topic 2

Who is Captain Mark Wilton? Who is his powerful friend? Why is Scotland Yard call in to investigate Wilton's possible role in Colonel Harris' murder? Who is Wilton engaged to marry? how does this present motive for murder? How does Wilton react to the investigation into his motives for murder? With whom does he have a fight the day before the murder? What does Wilton say about this fight? Why is he reluctant to discuss this fight with Rutledge?

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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