Peril at End House, by Agatha Christie 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. What word is best used to describe Charles Vyse?

2. Poirot is also puzzled because there seems to be ______.

3. Ellen's son talks about seeing which type of animal being slaughtered?

4. Who is with Nick to greet the guests?

5. What is the name of Poirot's companion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Poirot's initial thoughts about the people residing at End House.

2. What is Nick's secret? Why is it a secret?

3. What is Poirot's theory on the attempt on Nick's life? What causes Poirot to come up with the theory? What is Nick's response?

4. What caused Poirot to make a new deduction about Nick's secret? What telltale thing did Nick say to tip off Poirot?

5. What confession does Freddie make to Poirot?

6. How did Nick come by her unusual moniker?

7. What is discovered when Poirot and Hastings enter the house?

8. Explain where Poirot and Hastings see Nick. What is the impression the men get of the young woman and her friend?

9. How does Poirot begin to separate the suspects? What is Poirot's biggest obstacle at this point?

10. Discuss Nick Buckley, the woman Poirot meets in the beginning of the story.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hercule Poirot is a well known detective. Examine Poirot's experience and credibility. Why do people listen to Poirot over local police? How did Poirot gain his reputation? What does Poirot get out of helping to solve cases? Is there a chance of accolades, awards or monetary compensation? Explain. Why do you think Poirot is reluctant to come out of retirement? What type of job was offered to Poirot shortly before he and Hastings traveled to St. Loo? What would you do in Poirot's shoes - accept the prestigious assignment or stay retired? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Inspector Japp is always attempting to keep up with Poirot or even exceed the Belgian detective's crime solving skills. Unfortunately, Japp is always at least one step behind Poirot. Compare and contrast Inspector Japp and Hercule Poirot, their skill set, and successes in solving crimes.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Christie's brilliant use of foreshadowing throughout the book. Give at least three examples of foreshadowing. Give details and the purpose of using the technique. How else could the reader learn about the important information? What other technique might have been used?

Foreshadowing also applies to the characters, not just events. Name at least one instance pertaining to each character in the story. Explain the significance of the method in regards to the character as well as the story. Also point out if Poirot is able to pick up on the clues and how they shape his opinion and investigation.

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