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 was the uncle's general opinion of Nick?

2. What is Seton's job?

3. Poirot wonders why Nick had wished she was ____.

4. How long has it been since Nick met Michael?

5. Ellen says End House has an air of _____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What about the conversation with Ellen strikes Poirot as being odd?

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

3. Who is Michael Seton? What is his role in the story thus far?

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

5. What plan is put into motion by Poirot and Dr. Graham?

6. Who is suggested as being a suitable companion for Nick during this time of crisis?

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

8. What are some of Poirot's main concerns regarding Nick at this point?

9. What confession does Freddie make to Poirot?

10. How did Nick come by her unusual moniker?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write your own murder mystery outline based on "Peril at End House." Use Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings as recurring characters in the story. Supply complete storyboards. Include character information, plot, synopsis, etc. Explain your inspiration.

Essay Topic 2

Scotland Yard plays a prominent part in the majority of Agatha Christie's mysteries. Choose one of the following activities in relation to Scotland Yard:

1) Research and write a 1,000-word essay on the history and purpose of Scotland Yard. Also include a list of some of the mysteries in which Scotland Yard appears and how it plays a part in solving the mystery.

2) Investigate five top cases investigated by Scotland Yard, the details, and how the specialized knowledge of the famed police force was used in solving the crimes.

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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