Murder on the Orient Express 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. What is found in the pocket of the conductor's uniform?

2. Why does the Countess claim to remember so little?

3. What does Poirot find odd about Princess Dragomiroff's maid?

4. Why couldn't the unknown conductor be one of the people Poirot had met?

5. Which group of men investigated the murder?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bouc have suspicions about Foscarelli?

2. What other thing did the Princess lie about to Poirot?

3. What point does MacQueen reiterate when Poirot approaches him to conduct a search?

4. How does Hildegard Schmidt determine the time of the murder?

5. What was Foscarelli's position with the Armstrong family?

6. How does the Princess try to explain the monogram on the handkerchief.

7. What was Miss Debenham's reaction when Poirot asked if she was upset about Ratchett's death?

8. What is the true identity of Miss Debenham?

9. How did Colonel Arbuthnot react to Poirot's inquiry about the pipe cleaner?

10. Why does Poirot believe some of the clues have been faked?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Countess Adrenyi was the second person to unveil her true identity. How did Poirot discover that the Countess' passport was a fake? What tipped Poirot off that the handkerchief belonged to the Countess? Did Poirot believe the Countess' claim that she had few memories of the Armstrong's household staff?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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