Cards on the Table Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is solicitous and gentle when questioning Miss Meredith?

2. What is Mrs. Lorrimer able to remember very accurately from the night of the murder?

3. Who is Dr. Roberts paired with?

4. What do the sleuths lack when they ask to search through the doctor's files?

5. What does Poirot think about Dr. Robert's playing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dr. Roberts respond to Battle's questioning?

2. How is O'Connor able to elicit information from the parlor maid?

3. In what ways does Mrs. Lorrimer show or not show emotion during her interview?

4. How does Shaitana set the stage for a fantastic dinner party?

5. What does Mrs. Lorrimer's memory about the room at Shaitana's party reveal about her?

6. What did Poirot achieve through his psychological analysis of the murder suspects?

7. What are Mrs. Oliver's conclusions and how do the other sleuths respond, if at all?

8. What does Dr. Roberts say in response to Battle's questions about Shaitana and the other guests?

9. To whom did Mrs. Lorrimer send notes, and why is this important?

10. What does the reference of "walking into the cage of a tiger" seem to imply?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both Hercule Poirot and Superintendent Battle are important characters.

Part 1) Compare Poirot to the Superintendent Battle. How are these two characters similar and how are they different?

Part 2) What psychological purpose or insight does Poirot offer? Elaborate on this.

Part 3) Poirot offers to examine the past of the murder suspects. What is implied in this decision, and how does it reveal that the murder motive is connected to the past of the murderer and not the present circumstances alone?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of greed. Identify at least two themes about greed in the book. Then, cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of women in England in the mid-twentieth century when the women in the book are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

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