Poirot Investigates 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. Where did Davenheim tell his wife he was going when he left home?

2. Which of the following was not among the items stolen from Davenheim?

3. What is the occupation of the husband?

4. Mr. Davenheim disappeared at what location?

5. What item was found in the French maid's bed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who approaches Poirot and Hastings while they are talking about peace negotiations? Who is the main character in the discussion?

2. What was Poirot's conclusion about the theft and who committed the crime?

3. What happens to cause the woman a great deal of emotional distress?

4. What happens in the opening scene of the story? Who visits Poirot?

5. Captain Daniels had been found by the police. Where was Daniels and in what condition was the Captain?

6. What seems to be the most difficult part of the trip for Poirot?

7. In addition to needing to know the truth about her husband's death, what other reason does Lady Williard have for wanting answers?

8. What actually happened to the Prime Minister? Who was responsible?

9. Poirot verifies the deaths with Dr. Ames, physician at the tomb's excavation. What were the causes of death?

10. Explain the occurrence that happened the night before the scheduled trip.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In "The Case of the Missing Will" Poirot must help Miss Marsh find a will that had been hidden by her uncle. If the will was not found, all of the uncle's money would go to charity rather than to Miss Marsh. There is a legal clause which makes this execution possible. Examine the process of making a will. What is the clause in the original will that would cause all of the money and property to go to charity if the new will was not found? What are Miss Marsh's legal rights in regards to both wills? What does it mean to contest a will? Who is in charge of drafting the will? Who were the witnesses? What leads Poirot to find the new will?

Essay Topic 3

Captain Hastings is a staple in the stories contained in POIROT INVESTIGATES. What is the history of Captain Hastings? How does he know Poirot? In what capacity can Hastings call himself a captain? What is Hastings' profession? What benefit is there to having Hastings in the story from Christie's point of view? What benefit is there to having Hastings in the story from Poirot's point of view? Name and describe at least three instances where Hastings' presence was invaluable to Poirot. How might Poirot have solved the cases without the help of Hastings? Who else served in the same capacity as the captain?

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