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 only thing that was not eaten by the dead man's guests?

2. Mr. Davenheim disappeared at what location?

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

4. Whose tomb was being excavated at the time of the deaths?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. What happens when Poirot, Captain Hastings and Dr. Hawker arrive at Count Foscatini's place?

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

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

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

9. Who was supposedly visiting the count? What was overheard by Foscatini's valet?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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