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. Who does Lettice Wood remind Rutledge of?

2. Why is Rutledge so determined to arrest Mark Wilton?

3. What does Lettice Wood say about Rutledge's progress with the investigation in chapter 12?

4. Who remains Rutledge's prime suspect in the investigation as Chapter 12 draws to a close?

5. How does Hamish McLeod respond to the portrait of Rolf Linden by Catherine Tarrant?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what condition does Rutledge find the owner of the doll he found in Chapter 12 in the meadow where Harris' body was found?

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

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

5. What information does Mrs. Davenant give Rutledge about Wilton in Chapter 11 that could provide a motive for murder?

6. Who tells Lettice Wood that he once was involved in a car accident that resulted in a child's death in a way to comfort her in her grief?

7. What does Rutledge say in Chapter 12 that causes Lettice Wood to become angry with him? How does Rutledge respond to this anger?

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

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

10. Why does the author switch point of view in a series of vignettes at the end of Chapter 17?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is Harris murdered? Where does Rutledge believe he has found the murder weapon? Where was Harris' body found? What does Rutledge find in the area where the body was found? How does this point Rutledge to a possible witness? Does this witness help Rutledge pinpoint the murderer? What does this witness prove about the murder in Rutledge's mind?

Essay Topic 2

Who is Ian Rutledge? Whose voice does he hear in his head? Why is he often surprised others cannot hear this voice? Why does Rutledge hear voices? Where has Rutledge been? What experience has caused Rutledge to hear this voice in his head? What was he before this experience? Who expects Rutledge to fail now that he has returned? Why? What does Rutledge think of his own chances of success in his current situation?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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