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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 is the topic of conversation when Rutledge first arrives to speak with Wilton at the beginning of Chapter 18?
2. What does Rutledge realize is the only evidence against Mark Wilton at the end of Chapter 14?
3. Who does Mavers wait to speak with after the church services in Chapter 15?
4. Who seems to be the main topic of conversation in the beginning of Chapter 17?
5. What does Rutledge realize about Maggie Sommers as he approaches her home the day of the funeral?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Rutledge go to the Sommers' home the morning of the funeral?
2. What information does Mrs. Davenant give Rutledge about Wilton in Chapter 11 that could provide a motive for murder?
3. Why does the author switch point of view in a series of vignettes at the end of Chapter 17?
4. Why does Rutledge interview the two women of ill-repute who live on the lane?
5. Why does Bowles claim Scotland Yard cannot support Rutledge if he arrests Captain Wilton without strong evidence in Chapter 18?
6. What comment does Royston make about the murder in Chapter 13?
7. What does Lettice Wood reveal to Rutledge in Chapter 19 after he wakes her in the middle of the night?
8. Why does Rutledge questions Mrs. Davenant about the pension Mavers' receives in Chapter 11?
9. Why does Rutledge agree in Chapter 18 to delay his arrest of Captain Wilton until after the funeral?
10. Who is missing at the funeral in Chapter 20?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Who is Lizzie Pinter? Why is she traumatized? What does the doctor think of her condition? What does he do to help her? What does Rutledge find of Lizzie's in the meadow where Harris' body was found? What does Rutledge think Lizzie saw in the meadow? How does this change Rutledge's assumptions about the murder?
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 each of the following in detail, citing examples from the novel to support your conclusions:
2) Point of view
3) Metaphor and symbolism
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