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 was Masterman's relationship with Colonel Armstrong?

2. What is the real identity of the Countess?

3. Hildegarde Schmidt hesitated when discussing what object?

4. According to Poirot, who made "a very profound remark?"

5. What is odd about the label on the Countess' luggage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Which of Poirot's questions trips up Miss Debenham?

5. What item convinces Bouc and Constantine that Poirot is on the right track?

6. How does Poirot manage to get the Count and Countess alone?

7. What discovery caused Poirot to link the handkerchief to the Countess?

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

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

10. What is the true identity of Miss Debenham?

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

Mrs. Hubbard is one character that exhibits the most erratic behavior while Miss Debenham always seems to be cold and without emotion. Compare and contrast the personalities of the two women. Which characteristics were real and which were contrived? How were they perceived by Poirot?

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