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 do Vera and Davis talk about during dinner?

2. Who ordered and paid for everything on Indian Island?

3. Who does the Judge believe is Mr. Owen?

4. What does Armstrong believe about U.N. Owen?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Armstrong believe Rogers killed his employer?

2. How were Mr. and Mrs. Rogers employed and given their orders?

3. What is the conflict between Vera and Emily concerning Lombard's crime?

4. What is Rogers' appearance like when he comes on the terrace to speak to Dr. Armstrong?

5. How does Lombard think Marston was poisoned?

6. What does Lombard think about the villagers in Sticklehaven?

7. How was Macarthur killed?

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

9. What is Dr. Armstrong's recollection of the accusation against him?

10. What is Blore's hypothesis about Mrs. Rogers' death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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