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 Christopher's profession?

2. What is the name of the farm?

3. Giles is afraid that they will run out of what item?

4. In which room is Mrs. Boyle placed?

5. In what section of the city did the crime take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the group learn about the murder? Where did the murder take place?

3. What are Wren's thoughts about policemen?

4. What complaints does Mrs. Boyle have about the house?

5. 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?

6. What are the only clues the police have in the case of the murder of Mrs. Maureen Lyon?

7. How does the author describe Christopher Wren?

8. Mollie and Giles have a lovers' quarrel in the kitchen, witnessed in part by Paravicini. What is the cause for the quarrel? How is it resolved?

9. What prompts the conversation about socialism?

10. Why do Mollie and Giles make separate trips to London? Why is it important to keep it a secret?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Christopher Wren is obsessed with nursery rhymes. What is the obsession? What is Wren's explanation of why he enjoys nursery rhymes? Which is Wren's favorite? Which is your favorite? "Three Blind Mice" is rumored to be about what famous execution? Who was responsible for the execution?

Essay Topic 3

Everyone at Monkswell Manor is surprised when Detective Sergeant Trotter arrives on skis. What is Trotter's explanation? Why does everyone find it odd? Does anyone attempt to confirm Trotter's story? How would you react in the same scenario? Explain.

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