The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 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. Ralph wants to avoid making Mr. Ackroyd angry for what reason?

2. Poirot tells James what about people?

3. Where does Mr. Poirot tell James he knew Mr. Ackroyd from?

4. John's sister's name is?

5. Mrs. Ackroyd and Flora are from where?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter Eight, why is James told that an inquiry at the train station may be unsuccessful?

2. Explain the relationship, in Chapter One, between Dr. James Sheppard and his sister, Caroline.

3. Describe James and Caroline's new neighbor, Mr. Poirot, using information from Chapter Three.

4. In Chapter One, how does James feel about Caroline's theory regarding Mrs. Ferrars' death?

5. What is found missing from Mr. Ackroyd's room, in Chapter Ten, and who is discussed as someone who may have taken it?

6. What two important clues were found by Poirot and James, at the end of Chapter Eight, and where were they found?

7. Explain why James does not want to go with Flora to see Poirot, in Chapter Seven.

8. What remark does Mrs. Ackroyd make during the meeting, in Chapter Twelve, and what is Flora's response?

9. Describe examples of some of the interesting information that Mr. Poirot supplies to James about Mr. Ackroyd and Ralph.

10. What does James learn from his trip to see Ralph, in Chapter Three?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways is Ralph made to look guilty throughout the book in the eyes of most of the characters? Why is Poirot not convinced? Cite examples to support both opinions.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the meeting at Poirot's house, at which he suddenly produced Ralph. Why had Ralph been hiding out and how did he manage to elude the police. What else was revealed at the meeting?

Essay Topic 3

Agatha Christie uses foreshadowing throughout the story. Describe how and when Ralph's possible marriage to Ursula was foreshadowed.

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