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. What is Flora's reaction to Mr. Ackroyd's death?

2. Poirot tells whom that the quill from the summer house might have been used for taking heroin?

3. Who is murdered at Fernly Park, according to Parker?

4. Mr. Poirot tells Caroline that they should find Ralph soon or what will happen?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the Intelligence Corps and what role does it play, in Chapter One?

4. What did Mr. Ackroyd say to James, in Chapter Two, that James knew to be untrue and why did James know that?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At what point in time does Poirot seem to suspect that Ralph and Ursula may have secretly married? Did you reach the same conclusion at the same time? Explain why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Poirot with Inspector Raglan. How are their investigative techniques similar and how are they different? Use examples from the story.

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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