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 does Poirot go after he and Hastings leave the Grand Metropolitan?

2. Where is the Grand Metropolitan located?

3. Who receives credit for solving the case of the missing jewels?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Million Dollar Bond Robbery" Poirot must solve the case of the stolen Liberty Bonds. The bonds were issued by the London and Scottish Bank under the watchful eyes of Mr. Vavasour and Mr. Shaw. The bonds were to be taken to New York as part of a bank transaction. Discuss the case, the purpose of the theft and potential uses of the bonds. Answer the following questions: What are bearer bonds? Why might they be an important item to steal? Why would the London and Scottish Bank entrust the bonds to Ridgeway for transport? Why were the bonds transported in that manner instead of a courier service? How were the bonds stored while in transit? Explain at least two ways in which the bonds might have been stolen from Ridgeway and who might be involved in the theft.

Essay Topic 2

In "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb," five characters die due to unusual circumstances. Investigate how each person died, the cause behind the death, and the purpose. How would one be able to tell how the person died? Compare and contrast methods used during Poirot's time to modern science in which toxicology and other forensic methods are used to determine cause of death and types of poisons used.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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