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 cannot prohibit the mystery writer from investigating the crime?

2. Where was Miss Meredith born?

3. How can vital clues be found from suspects, according to Poirot?

4. What comparison does Poirot make with Mrs. Lorrimer's memory?

5. How does Dr. Roberts rate Miss Meredith as a card player?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Shaitana is discovered to be dead, who is possibly implicated in the crime by proximity?

2. What seems inconsistent to Poirot with Mrs. Lorrimer's apparent suicide?

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

4. Describe Major Despard.

5. What are Poirot's deductions of the bridge players?

6. What is the shocking revelation that Poirot has about Mrs. Lorrimer and Miss Meredith?

7. What does Mrs. Lorrimer say in response to Battle's questions about Shaitana and the other guests?

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

9. Describe Mrs. Lorrimer.

10. How does the reader's perception of Anne change in Chapters 17 and 18?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the novel's title. Why do you think the author named the book Cards on the Table? Now that you have read the book, how does that alter your understanding of the title? Are you intrigued to find a sequel or more mysteries with Hercule Poirot? Why or why not? Cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the detecting techniques of the four sleuths; cover how they each approach the murder and whether their intuitions were correct. Who actually solves the murders, and how?

Essay Topic 3

Explain Christie's use of humor in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where she did.

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