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. What is the rank of the officer that was traveling with the Prime Minister?

2. Who has become suspicious of the deaths and has hired Poirot to investigate the case?

3. Who was the most recent victim in the story?

4. Hastings thinks that one man committed suicide for what reason?

5. What item is given to Poirot with the hopes of poisoning the great detective?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is one of the first thoughts that crosses Poirot's mind while observing the hotel guests?

3. Captain Hastings and Poirot decide to take a short trip to get a change of scenery. Where do they go and what is the first thing they do upon arrival?

4. What is the crux of the case Poirot takes on in "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb?"

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

6. The two men ask Poirot to help find the Prime Minister who has been kidnapped. Where was the Prime Minister going when the kidnapping occurred? What was the original travel plan?

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

8. How was the murder scene set up by the killer? What did the killer forget to do?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout Agatha Christie's mysteries there are almost always staff members or servants of some kind. This is especially important in "The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan." Examine how servants played 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 2

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 3

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.

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