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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 do the police say is a drug user?
2. James and Poirot discover that Mrs. Ferrars was blackmailed and discuss which of the following people as a suspect?
3. Poirot wants James to do what regarding his manuscript?
4. Poirot says what about Ralph's footprints?
5. Who suddenly appears at the meeting?
Short Essay Questions
1. At the meeting, how do Flora and Mrs. Ackroyd react to Poirot's announcement that Ursula and Ralph are married?
2. What does Raymond reveal to James and Poirot, in Chapter Fifteen?
3. What favor did Poirot ask of Inspector Raglan, in order to help solve the case?
4. Who do James and Caroline invite over, in Chapter Sixteen, and why?
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. What idea does Poirot have about why Charles Kent went to Fernly Park the night of the murder?
7. What does Poirot ask Caroline to do, in Chapter Fourteen, and what is the result?
8. Who do James and Poirot find crying in James' house, and what important thing does Poirot do at that point?
9. In Chapter Twenty-six, what does Poirot tell James is the only reason he never considered James as a suspect?
10. In Chapter Twenty-four, Poirot's maid walks in with what object and what significance does it have?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What role does Mrs. Ferrars' suicide play in both the reason for Mr. Ackroyd's murder and the way in which Poirot solved the murder? Be sure to use both evidence gained by Mrs. Ferrars' suicide and the motivations of the killer, James, in your answer.
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
In what ways is Ralph made to look guilty throughout the book in the eyes of most of the characters? Why is Poirot not convinced? Cite examples to support both opinions.
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