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. Why does Redfern tell Rutledge he believes a fight between Harris and Refern the Tuesday before the murder could not have been terribly serious?

2. How does Mavers react to the conversation he has in the church yard after services in Chapter 15?

3. What does Rutledge threaten when Rutledge tells him of the evidence mounting against him?

4. Where does Rutledge go to speak to Wilton in the beginning of Chapter 18?

5. What does Lettice Wood claim was taken from her by the refusal to allow her to see her guardian's body one last time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Rutledge interview the two women of ill-repute who live on the lane?

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

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

4. What does Lettice Wood reveal to Rutledge in Chapter 19 after he wakes her in the middle of the night?

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

6. Who does Rutledge ask to find the owner of the doll in Chapter 13?

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

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

9. Who killed Colonel Charles Harris?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What is split personality? What causes it? Who in this novel suffers split personality? How did it come about? What trauma brought it on? What are the personalities in this fractured person's mind? How does this character deal with this? Why does this character take an ax to Royston? Why does this character kill him/herself? What confession does this character make before dying?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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