Murder on the Orient Express 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. Which of these things was not part of the curious crime scene?

2. Who is Greta going to visit?

3. How was the victim killed?

4. What was MacQueen's job with Ratchett?

5. Who else was supposedly involved in Daisy's kidnapping?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Ratchett's response considered to be strange?

2. What causes the delay on the train?

3. What was Poirot's reply when MacQueen questioned his identification?

4. How did Ratchett respond when Pierre Michel answered the bell?

5. For what reason is Poirot's berth changed?

6. Why is M. Bouc concerned about Poirot's line of questioning with accounting Countess?

7. Why did the Poirot blow powder on to Ratchett's window?

8. What was the important information Mrs. Hubbard had to share with a person in authority?

9. Where did the Count spend time during the Armstrong investigation?

10. How does Colonel Arbuthnot react when Poirot questions him about Miss Debenham?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The snowstorm had a big impact on the murderers' plans. Explain how the storm changed the path of the crime as well as the ensuing investigation. Explore how the crime might have taken place if the train had not been stranded. Would you have insisted on going ahead with the plan even though there was a bigger danger of being caught? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

At one point in the story, M. Bouc minimalizes the fact that there has been a murder. Instead, Bouc becomes more concerned with the fact that the murder happened on his company's train. Explain Bouc's thoughts and if the thoughts were realistic? How could the murder affect the Orient Express? Would it affect the reputation of the train or simply deter people for a short time? How might the murder affect Bouc's career?

Essay Topic 3

The culmination of the story is when Poirot solves the crime. One of the main aspects that assisted in solving the case was when Poirot connected the passengers to America even though several had denied ever leaving their native countries. How did Poirot come to this conclusion? Do you think the same theory would still be true in modern times? Explain. How do you think the Armstrongs became acquainted with the multi-national staff?

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