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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. Poirot tells whom that the quill from the summer house might have been used for taking heroin?

2. What does Flora tell Parker when she sees him walking to Mr. Ackroyd's room with drinks?

3. Raymond says he overheard what at 9:30?

4. Who has become close friends with Mrs. Ferrars?

5. What is the parlor maid's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Using the information in Chapter Two, describe the supposed relationship between Mr. Ackroyd and Mrs. Ferrars. Why were they close?

2. What does Raymond reveal to James and Poirot, in Chapter Fifteen?

3. What is learned about Charles Kent, the stranger James met, in Chapter Eighteen, that would make him seem like a suspect?

4. Describe what Mr. Ackroyd confides to James, in Chapter Four.

5. In Chapter One, what is Caroline's theory about Mrs. Ferrars' death and the death of Mr. Ferrars a year ago?

6. What idea does Poirot have about why Charles Kent went to Fernly Park the night of the murder?

7. What suggestions do James and Caroline make about Flora's love life, in Chapter Sixteen?

8. What important question is asked asked regarding fire during Poirot's first trip to the crime scene, in Chapter Twenty.

9. Why do the police call, near the end of Chapter Seventeen?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One of the biggest suspects in the case was Parker. Explain why you did or did not think Parker was the guilty party. For instance, did you think Parker had made the phone call or moved the chair? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Describe why certain people were considered suspects, due to the ring Poirot found. Who turned out to be the ring's owner and what bearing did it have on the case, if any?

Essay Topic 3

Explain what you learned throughout the book about James as a man. When, if ever, did you notice a change in him or realize that he was the true killer before Poirot confronted him? Do you feel that James ultimately made the right decision by deciding to commit suicide? Explain why you think he made the decision and why you agree or disagree with it.

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