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. How many people had supposedly dined with the dead man on the day previous?

2. Poirot sent the would-be evidence from the couple's room to which location?

3. What is the surname of the couple that Poirot meets at the Grand Metropolitan?

4. What does the god symbolize to the Egyptians?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miss Mary Marvell approaches Poirot with an unusual problem, claiming that there is a curse of sorts on her prized diamond. What is the name of the diamond and its companion piece? Discuss the so-called curse on the diamond. What is unusual about the diamond to begin with? To whom did the diamonds originally belong? What is supposed to be done with the diamonds in order to remove the curse? What is Poirot supposed to accomplish by investigating the case? How does Poirot solve the case?

Essay Topic 3

Poirot likes the idea of traveling but dislikes the actual traveling due to a delicate constitution. What does it mean to have a delicate constitution? What happens to Poirot when he travels? To what locations does Poirot often travel? Are the trips for business, pleasure or both? Who often travels with Poirot? What kinds of things might happen to Poirot while away from home? Is the problem psychosomatic or is it real? What are the symptoms? How could the symptoms be treated? Can this problem be prevented or cured? How might this problem be solved using modern medicine or methods?

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