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 name of the woman's maid?

2. What type of poison was being discussed by Poirot and Hastings?

3. What is the occupation of the husband?

4. What was the surname of the man caught while trying to pawn merchandise?

5. Who is Mr. Tosswill?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the first couple Poirot and Hastings meet? The woman is the proud owner of what kind of items?

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

3. What is Poirot's theory on how the crime occurred? Who was responsible?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. Where did the maid go when she left the room with the chambermaid inside?

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

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: Research and write a 1000 word essay on the history and purpose of Scotland Yard. Also include a list of some of the mysteries Scotland Yard appears in and how it played a part in the solving of the mystery. The second choice is to investigate at least 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 3

Personification is a powerful way to make objects come alive and play important parts in the story. For example, the diamonds in "The Adventure of the Western Star" are personified to make the story more interesting. Examine how this technique was used in this particular story. What was the purpose of using the technique in that way? In what other ways does Christie use personification? Give at least three examples of personification and how its use drives the plot of the story.

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