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. When approached with questions from Poirot, Nick claims that her _____ is missing.

2. Who is with Nick to greet the guests?

3. Nick has misplaced her will but tells Poirot it may be in the _____.

4. Nick agrees to give permission for Poirot's ____ to enter End House.

5. How did Nick's grandfather lose his fortune?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Explain Poirot and Hastings' arrival at End House and discussion with Ellen's family.

3. Under what circumstances does Poirot meet Nick?

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

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

6. Briefly describe Nick's family history.

7. Discuss the fireworks display and setting.

8. Examine the conversation regarding Michael Seton.

9. Explain the scene shortly after the discovery of Maggie's body.

10. What is Poirot's reaction to Freddie's story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are various metaphors used throughout the book. Explain the metaphors and their purpose for the following items: shawl, painting, hat, secret panel, false identity, drugs.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout Agatha Christie's mysteries, there are almost always staff members or servants of some kind. This is especially important in "Peril at End House." In this instance, Ellen clearly knows more than she is willing to share. The same can be said of Ellen's husband and son. Examine how servants play an important role in the lives of the characters as well as in the stories. Why does Christie use this method of introducing characters? Is the use of servants a part of every day life for this type of main characters or are they used to distract the reader? In murder mysteries, servants are often used as scapegoats. Is this an accurate portrayal? What is required of the servants upon being employed? Is the employer's level of trust given automatically or does it have to be earned?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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