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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. Where is Ralph staying in town?

2. Who does Miss Russell tell the Inspector is quitting his/her job?

3. Who arrives during Poirot's questioning about the stranger?

4. Who tells James that Ralph is in town?

5. Who is the last known person to see Mr. Ackroyd alive?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Mrs. Ackroyd disappointed and upset, in Chapter Ten, according to what she confides to James?

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

3. What does Poirot ask Caroline to do, in Chapter Fourteen, and what is the result?

4. In Chapter Twenty-one, what does Poirot ask James to do, regarding people at Fernly Park?

5. What admissions does Parker make, in Chapter Seventeen?

6. As a result of Mr. Ackroyd announcing Ralph's engagement to Flora, what did Ursula do?

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

8. Based on the information given in Chapter Two, describe the village.

9. What does Caroline tell Poirot, in Chapter Eleven, that upsets James and why?

10. In Chapter Twenty-six, what does Poirot tell James is the only reason he never considered James as a suspect?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Dr. James Sheppard. What were your first impressions of him? Did those impressions change as you read the book? If so, in what ways and what triggered those changes?

Essay Topic 2

Explain how Miss Russell's interest in drugs was tied to Charles Kent and how they became alibis for each other. What led Poirot to make the connection?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Caroline. How is her character important to the story? Describe the difference between James' thoughts about her constant gossip and Poirot's thoughts on the subject.

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