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. According to Mr. Poirot, Mr. Ackroyd wants Ralph to marry whom?

2. Who owns Fernly Park?

3. Who is Hector Blunt?

4. Why is Flora worried about Ralph?

5. How does Caroline find out about Mrs. Ferrars?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. All evidence is beginning to point to Ralph as the possible blackmailer, including what?

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

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

10. Why do James and Poirot disagree about the evidence against Ralph and whether or not Ralph is the killer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Flora in detail. What are her motivations throughout the story? What are her feelings when Mr. Ackroyd is murdered? How does she feel about Ralph?

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of the following characters and describe how they influenced the story:

1. Blunt

2. Raymond

3. Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Poirot finally found out that James was the killer for certain. How did he confront James about it? What was James' reaction? What option did Poirot give? How did things end up? What were both mens' motivations for their actions at the end of the book?

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