The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Test | Final 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 do the police say is a drug user?

2. Poirot and James next go to confront whom?

3. Who is not going to the meeting?

4. Caroline sends James to give what to Poirot?

5. Why does Poirot eliminate Parker as the person who made the call?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter Twenty-four, Poirot unexpectedly produces Ralph at the meeting, saying what about Ralph's whereabouts during the time he was missing?

2. What suggestions do James and Caroline make about Flora's love life, in Chapter Sixteen?

3. What does Poirot say about the moved chair, in Chapter Twenty-five?

4. In Chapter Nineteen, explain why Poirot suggests to the Inspector that he hold Charles Kent longer?

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

6. Who do James and Poirot find crying in James' house, and what important thing does Poirot do at that point?

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

8. What favor did Poirot ask of Inspector Raglan, in order to help solve the case?

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

10. What does Poirot ask Caroline to do, in Chapter Fourteen, and what is the result?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Dr. James Sheppard. What were your first impressions of him? Did those impressions change as you read the book? If so, in what ways and what triggered those changes?

Essay Topic 2

One of the biggest suspects in the case was Parker. Explain why you did or did not think Parker was the guilty party. For instance, did you think Parker had made the phone call or moved the chair? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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