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

2. Who becomes an immediate suspect due to his/her strange behavior?

3. Who is Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd?

4. Where is Ralph staying in town?

5. Even though Ralph always wanted money, who sticks up for him and says he is happy that Poirot is acting on Ralph's behalf?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why James does not want to go with Flora to see Poirot, in Chapter Seven.

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

3. Whose fingerprints does Poirot tell the inspector that he forgot to check against the prints on the murder weapon?

4. Describe examples of some of the interesting information that Mr. Poirot supplies to James about Mr. Ackroyd and Ralph.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Choose either of the following clues from the story and describe its significance to both throwing off the investigation at first and eventually cracking the case.

1. The phone call

2. The moved chair

Essay Topic 3

Agatha Christie uses foreshadowing throughout the story. Describe how and when Ralph's possible marriage to Ursula was foreshadowed.

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