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. What is the name of the old house?

2. Which of the following is not done by Mollie when she enters the house?

3. How old are Giles and Mollie?

4. Mollie laments that it is getting dark, even though it's what time?

5. What delays Trotter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Miss Caswell makes a joke about the reason the police want to visit the manor. What is it?

2. The snow reminds Miss Casewell of disturbing things. Describe Miss Casewell's thoughts.

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

4. What warning is issued to the radio listeners?

5. Who is the unexpected guest? How does the guest arrive at the manor?

6. 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?

7. What are Mollie's comments regarding the quality of the guests at the manor?

8. How was the third murder prevented? How did Trotter react to his ruined plans?

9. Christopher Wren tells Mollie that she is not at all what he had pictured. What had Christopher expected of Mollie?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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