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. With whom is Rutledge arguing at the beginning of Chapter 17?

2. Who does Rutledge think he sees in the garden at the Inn while preparing for lunch in Chapter 16?

3. What is an inquest?

4. What does Rutledge vow to do at the end of the novel?

5. What is Catherine Tarrant's main motive as revealed by her own thoughts in Chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Rutledge attend church in Chapter 15? What happens afterward?

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

3. How does Lizzie Pinter react to her father physically attacking Rutledge in Chapter 18?

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

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

6. Where does Rutledge find himself continuously drawn as he continues to investigate the murder of Harris?

7. 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?

8. Who is missing at the funeral in Chapter 20?

9. What does Rutledge reveal in the beginning of Chapter 19 that he believes happened in the meadow the morning of the murder?

10. Who does Rutledge learn was a nurse during the war? What does this say about this particular character?

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

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 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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