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 is framed over Vera's mantle?

2. Who does Armstrong dream he has killed?

3. What was the return address on the letter sent to Rogers?

4. Where is the man from who talked to Blore on the train?

5. Where do Blore, Armstrong and Lombard hear footsteps while they are searching the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lombard think Marston was poisoned?

2. Why was Lombard invited to the island?

3. How is the house on Indian Island described in this chapter?

4. After the "indictments" are played, what is the behavior of Wargrave and Miss Brent?

5. How does Emily describe the weather?

6. How was Macarthur killed?

7. Describe Marston's arrival in Sticklehaven.

8. Why did Blore, Armstrong and Lombard assume a stranger was upstairs and not Rogers?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Justice Wargrave has differing opinions about each of the characters. Which does he feel the least pity for? Which does he think are the most innocent? How do these differences play out in his murder plots?

Essay Topic 3

How does this story compare and contrast to a "typical" piece of mystery/detective fiction? What elements does Christie use to "trick" the reader?

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