Jerusalem Inn Test | Final Test - Hard

Martha Grimes
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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 secret did Helen tell Miss Hargreaves-Brown first?

2. Which members of the group greatly admire William McQuade?

3. What do the other guests think of Beatrice's writing?

4. Why does Melrose claim he hasn't heard of Helen's death?

5. What time does Jury wake up Melrose the morning after Beatrice's murder?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the Margate Hotel described?

2. What information does Melrose offer Jury about Elizabeth St. Leger when they unexpectedly meet up in the Jerusalem Inn?

3. How does Jury come to realize that Melrose and Vivian are in the area when he arrives at the Jerusalem Inn?

4. What does Melrose do with Beatrice's murder scene when he realizes that someone has been killed?

5. What role does Jury want Melrose to play during his time at Spinney Abbey?

6. What does Vivian ask Jury as she is leaving from being questioned by him about Beatrice's death?

7. What does Parmenger say to Jury while being questioned about Beatrice's murder?

8. What does Parmenger later admit to doing at Seaingham's mansion during his visit there?

9. What feature of Beatrice's leaves a particular impression on Melrose when he first meets her?

10. What wry comment does Parmenger make to Jury about how he is dressed the night Beatrice is found?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Murder mysteries, and Martha Grimes in particular, are an especially popular type of novel. Discuss at least four aspects of Grimes's writing style that resonates so strongly with such a large audience, citing specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss why it was necessary for Beatrice to die in "Jerusalem Inn." Make sure to discuss what effect her death has on the text in general and on Jury in particular -- and why those consequences were necessary for the story.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze at least three different literary techniques Grimes uses to create tension in "Jerusalem Inn."

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