Poirot Investigates 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. The story about the rook rifle took place in which country?

2. Where were the goods stored until they were stolen?

3. What is the first name of the new client?

4. What is the name of the hotel where Poirot and his companion meet the husband?

5. What was the purpose of the break in?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was the victim of the crime? Where did the crime take place?

2. What happens when Hastings and Havering reach Hunter's Lodge? What story is told to Hastings?

3. What is the first step in investigating the case for Poirot and Hastings?

4. What has the woman so upset about one of her possessions? What are the consequences if Marvell does not comply?

5. Who finds out about the cheap flat? Who supplies the information? Who is it rented to? Where is it located?

6. Even though special precautions were taken, the bonds were stolen. What happened to the bonds?

7. What two occurrences are scheduled to take place on the same day?

8. How were the bonds secured to prevent theft? What special precaution was taken?

9. Who visits Hastings in Poirot's absence? What is strange about the encounter?

10. Why were the Robinsons considered to be perfect as the new tenants?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism is an important part of a mystery, often giving clues to the reader and the story's detective. What are the ways in which Christie uses symbolism in her stories? Give examples of blatant symbolism, such as the key in "The Case of the Missing Will" and more subtle symbolism. Compare and contrast the symbolism used in the Hercule Poirot mysteries and the mysteries in which Miss Marple is the sleuth.

Essay Topic 2

The author often uses foreshadowing as a way to give the reader clues to the mystery. More obvious clues are given to the reader by Poirot. Examine the use of foreshadowing and why it is an important tool in writing, particularly when it concerns mysteries. Give examples and other ways in which foreshadowing might be used to help the reader solve the crime.

Essay Topic 3

Miss Mary Marvell approaches Poirot with an unusual problem, claiming that there is a curse of sorts on her prized diamond. What is the name of the diamond and its companion piece? Discuss the so-called curse on the diamond. What is unusual about the diamond to begin with? To whom did the diamonds originally belong? What is supposed to be done with the diamonds in order to remove the curse? What is Poirot supposed to accomplish by investigating the case? How does Poirot solve the case?

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