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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. Who does Armstrong dream he has killed?

2. How does Macarthur's wife die?

3. Who does Blore think has gone mad?

4. Who was Edward Seton accused of murdering?

5. How far is Somerset from Justice Wargrave's destination?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Blore's evaluation of the letter to Rogers?

2. How does Vera explain her reason for being on Indian Island to Lombard?

3. What romantic notion inspires the author of the manuscript's method of confession?

4. What initially gives Wargrave the idea of murdering the people on Indian Island?

5. How does Rogers ensure that nothing will happen to the figurines?

6. How does Lombard suggest signaling for help?

7. How does Lombard think Marston was poisoned?

8. What does Armstrong say about Emily's strength?

9. How does the Judge respond when Lombard refuses to give up his weapon?

10. Why don't Vera and the others think that Marston would have killed himself?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Besides the killer, the other "antagonist" in the novel can be seen as people's consciences. Explain how each character's conscience or perception of guilt affects them. Select two or three characters to analyze.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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