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. In Chapter One, who has died?

2. Before his death, what did Mr. Ackroyd tell Flora about Mr. Poirot?

3. Who does James live with?

4. What is the Intelligence Corps?

5. Caroline gives Poirot what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What important clue is found by Poirot in the pond, and what initial was inscribed on it?

4. In Chapter Thirteen, what does Poirot tell James about a use for the goose quill that may be significant?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the mysterious conversation Caroline hears between Ralph and a girl in the woods, in Chapter Three.

10. How is Parker's behavior, in Chapter Five, suspicious, and why might he be a suspect in the murder?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Choose any one of the following people's stories and explain it fully. What was that person hiding?

Miss Flora

Charles Kent

Parker

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