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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. After going into a trance-like state, what name does Emily come up with as the murderer's?
2. What is Blore's explanation for Emily's lack of guilt over what happened to Beatrice?
3. Who wants to eat something?
4. Who first saw the SOS signals?
5. Who does Vera suspect the most?
Short Essay Questions
1. What really happened to Cyril?
2. How does Rogers ensure that nothing will happen to the figurines?
3. What did Morris tell the people of Sticklehaven?
4. Why does Blore think that Emily might be guilty?
5. Who is given the keys to the silver chest?
6. How does Emily interpret the poem's reference to a "red herring?"
7. What is the Judge's appearance when he is found dead?
8. Why does Lombard believe that he will survive and Blore won't?
9. Why does Blore bring everybody outside?
10. Who is Mr. Morris?
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
Examine the alliances made on the island. Which seemed the strongest and why? Why did these alliances come together?
- Blore, Armstrong and Lombard
- Vera and Lombard
- Armstrong and Wargrave
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