The Mousetrap 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. Which word is used to describe Mrs. Boyle?

2. Who is the third guest to arrive?

3. Mrs. Boyle is annoyed by the house's lack of:

4. What delays Trotter?

5. How is Mr. Parvicini's car damaged?

Short Essay Questions

1. Mollie makes frequent references to an unhappy past even though she claims to have had a happy childhood. To what is Mollie referring and how does it relate to the story?

2. What are the issues the Ralstons are having with the heating system?

3. Why is Christopher Wren so upset when it is suggested that he might be the oldest Corrigan child? What is Wren's confession to Mollie?

4. Why does Mrs. Boyle choose to stay in guest houses and hotels?

5. Monkswell Manor is a guest house operated by Giles and Mollie Ralston. Explain the exterior of the building.

6. Why is Metcalf so eager to go down into the cellar? What does Metcalf find down there? What are Metcalf's theories regarding the name of the house?

7. How does the author end the play? Are there any hidden meanings or metaphors in the ending the author chose?

8. How does the author describe Christopher Wren?

9. It is revealed that Major Metcalf is also using an alias. Who is Metcalf really? Where is the real Major Metcalf? Is there a real Major Metcalf?

10. Why does Mrs. Boyle claim that Mollie knows nothing about housework?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are various metaphors used throughout the play. Explain the metaphors and their purpose for the following items: skis, pie, nursery rhymes, snow, secrecy.

Essay Topic 2

Miss Casewell is very mysterious about her whereabouts and her origin. Explain. Where was Miss Casewell born? Where had she been living prior to her return to England? What is Miss Casewell's true identity? Why is Miss Casewell at Monkswell Manor?

Essay Topic 3

From the beginning of the story, Christopher Wren is viewed as a strange and neurotic man. Explain Wren's appearance and the mannerisms which cause the others to think Wren is unstable. Is Wren unstable? How can one tell? Which is the strangest fact about Wren in your opinion? Explain.

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