The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is Hector Blunt?

2. Ralph tells James what about Ralph's relationship with his stepfather?

3. Who does James live with?

4. The Inspector thinks which piece of evidence is most important?

5. Miss Russell says she has pain where?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Caroline think Miss Russell may be the killer, but James disagrees?

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

3. In Chapter Twenty-four, Poirot's maid walks in with what object and what significance does it have?

4. Describe the relationship between Miss Russell, Mr. Ackroyd, and Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd.

5. In Chapter Twenty-three, Poirot insinuates that nobody was actually in the room when Mr. Ackroyd died. How does he account for the conversation that was heard?

6. In Chapter Fourteen, who finally tells his/her story of the secret they've been hiding and what is it?

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

8. As the final chapter opens, what does James say about his manuscript?

9. In Chapter Fifteen, what is the significance of homemade jam?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the relationship between James and his sister, Caroline, as it progresses throughout the book. How do they feel about each other?

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

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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