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 does Lorrimer think overbids as a player?

2. What do the sleuths sort through in order to identify the murderer?

3. What is different about the reference that Poirot makes compared to the conversation he is having with Mrs. Lorrimer?

4. What kind of a house does Mrs. Lorrimer inhabit?

5. Who is described as a "man-hungry" female, according to Dr. Roberts' secretary?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Major Despard.

3. In the process of setting up the investigation, what is discovered about Shaitana's intentions?

4. What does Mrs. Lorrimer's memory about the card game at Shaitana's party reveal about her?

5. Describe Dr. Roberts.

6. What does Major Despard say in response to Battle's questions about Shaitana and the other guests?

7. What does Dr. Roberts do or say that makes him appear innocent to Battle?

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

9. Why did Mrs. Lorrimer protect Miss Meredith? Explain with details from the text.

10. How does Poirot outwit the doctor and get more information out of Dr. Roberts than he wants to give?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What specifically did Poirot do to evaluate Miss Meredith's character? Why was this important? Would Poirot have been able to prevent any murders? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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