Peril at End House, by Agatha Christie 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. Poirot decides to fake _____ with the help of the police.

2. What is the name of the Chief Constable?

3. Hastings begs Poirot to contact ____ with news of Nick's recovery.

4. Who sends a letter to Poirot?

5. Poirot says, "Are not ___ escapes from death enough for her?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Poirot so curious about Ellen's whereabouts, the secret panel and J.?

2. What is Poirot's take on what will happen to Nick?

3. What is the obvious solution to the crime now that Freddie's husband is dead?

4. Who do Poirot and Hastings visit after leaving the nursing home?

5. List at least some of the questions Poirot has about the people on the list.

6. What does Poirot learn when questioning Vyse, Ellen and the Crofts about the missing will?

7. Explain the scene with the Crofts at this time.

8. Explain Hastings' role at this time.

9. Explain the first steps taken in Poirot's plan to flush out the killer.

10. What is Poirot's suggestion in regards to clearing up the mystery of the will?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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