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 question does Rutledge repeatedly ask Lettice Wood that she refuses to answer?

2. Who does Lizzie Pinter look like, as pointed out by Hamish at the end of Chapter 18?

3. Who does Rutledge ask for an opinion about the murder case in the beginning of Chapter 13?

4. How did Harris reveal unrequited feelings for Lettice Wood on the Tuesday before his death?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Rutledge fear will happen should he arrest Captain Wilton for the murder of Colonel Harris?

8. Who killed Colonel Charles Harris?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What is shell shock? Who experiences shell shock in this novel? What symptoms of shell shock does each character experience in the novel? What is the modern equivalent of shell shock? How does shell shock influence or take away from the investigation into Harris' murder? How has shell shock have the power to ruin the reputation of a main character of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Who is the main suspect in the murder of Harris? What does Rutledge think about the evidence he has gathered against this suspect? Does Scotland Yard support Rutledge's conclusions? Does Rutledge have the full support of his superiors at Scotland Yard? Explain. What could potentially happen to Ian Rutledge if he fails to solve this case in a satisfactory manner? Why do many people complain that Rutledge is taking too long to solve the case? Is he? How does Rutledge respond to this pressure?

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