Ten Little Indians Test | Mid-Book 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 happens just as the General's body is brought into the house?

2. Who might have potassium cyanide, according to Lombard?

3. What does General Macarthur say it is when you "come to the end?"

4. What crime was Landor accused of?

5. What does Blore bring Armstrong to help with the search of the island?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Emily suggest Vera do with her after breakfast?

2. What is Blore's theory about the deaths?

3. What does Armstrong remember about the Seton case?

4. What was General Macarthur's life like in Devon?

5. Why has the American millionaire who created Indian Island decided to sell it?

6. How does Emily Brent explain Mrs. Rogers' death?

7. What does the Judge remember about Seton's defense?

8. What are some habits in others that annoy Emily Brent?

9. How does Lombard explain the accusation against him?

10. Why does Rogers say that Armstrong will think he is crazy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel doesn't really have a "happy ending." Decide whether you think the ending is a negative or a positive one. Explain why and use examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

NOTE: This essay touches on the sensitive issue of derogatory language in the history of the story's title. Use delicacy and caution when discussing with students.

The novel "And Then There Were None," has had two previous titles, both of which are used in publications of the book throughout the world: "Ten Little Indians" and "Ten Little Niggers."

The theme of prejudice and "otherness" experienced by the characters is also revealed in these titles. Analyze the role of prejudice in the novel, particularly in the characters of Vera, Lombard and Emily. How do their prejudices affect them? Why do you think Christie used the perjorative term in her original work? Does knowing about this tittle affect a modern-day reading of the book or not?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the relationship between Lombard and Vera. How do their "fatal flaws" contribute to their ultimate fate?

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