Essay Topic 1
Discuss the arrival of Poirot and Hastings at the Majestic Hotel in St. Loo. Why are the men in St. Loo? is it for business or pleasure? Why does Hastings see the trip as an opportunity to try to convince Poirot to come out of retirement? Why does Hastings want Poirot to go back to work? What occasion almost tempted Poirot to return to law enforcement? What type of work did Poirot do within the law enforcement community? What changes Poirot's mind about his retirement?
Essay Topic 2
Given Poirot's initial encounter with Nick Buckley, do you think that the meeting is an accident or do you think it was somehow planned by Buckley? What is Poirot's initial reaction to Buckley? Are Poirot's initial impressions of the girl correct? What begins to change Poirot's mind about Buckley? How does Hastings react toward Buckley during that first meeting...
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