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 kind of building is the Grand Metropolitan?

2. Working on a hunch Poirot tricks the would-be thieves into giving up what item?

3. What is the only thing that was not eaten by the dead man's guests?

4. What kind of chemical was used to subdue Daniels during the kidnapping?

5. Which one of the following is not listed as being one of the items left on the table?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What is unusual about Poirot's initial thoughts on the case?

5. 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?

6. What actions did Davenheim/Kellet take to keep the police and others from searching for him after the robbery?

7. What information does Poirot learn about Daniels? Which family members are included in the information?

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

9. How do Poirot and Hastings learn about the official cause of the most recent victim? Who gave the men the news?

10. The case involves an incident at Davenheim's bank. What happened and what was taken?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Adventure of the Cheap Flat" Poirot must solve the case of the stolen naval papers from the United States government. Discuss the theft and how it might have been executed. Answer the following questions: What are naval papers and what might they contain? From which agency and location were the naval bonds stolen? How might a person get into a high security facility to steal important documents? How would they be smuggled out of the country? For what purpose were the bonds stolen? Who might have wanted the naval papers? What became of the papers in the end?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Jewels are often used in mysteries as an item that is stolen. Explain why it is common for jewels to be the choice items for thieves. What types of jewels are most likely to be stolen and from whom? What jewels were stolen throughout "Poirot Investigates?" Were the jewels loose or were they set in some way? Which is the most common setting for loose jewels? How would a thief hide a jewel? How would one sell a stolen jewel? What is the most unusual jewel in the book? Why is it unusual?

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