The Nine Tailors: Changes Rung on an Old Theme in Two Short Touches and Two Full Peals 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. Which of the following people does not have a key to the belfry stairs?

2. What is James Thoday's profession?

3. Which of the following is not an event from Jeff Deacon's life once Deacon is found guilty of stealing the emeralds?

4. Which bell does Hezekiah Lavender ring?

5. What kind of money is found in the dead man's pocket?

Short Essay Questions

1. During the funeral for the unidentified male corpse from Lady Thorpe's grave, what questions does Lord Peter ask himself about the corpse's death?

2. Who is Hilary Thorpe and what does she find in the bell-chamber while helping in the church?

3. Why does Sir Henry Thorpe end up broke due to the theft of Lady Wilbraham's emerald necklace?

4. What effect does World War I have on the Legros farm in France?

5. How does Nobby Cranton react when Lord Peter shows him the cipher written on French paper and what does his reaction indicate?

6. What does Hilary Thorpe send Lord Peter via the mail, and how does Lord Peter think the document fits into the mystery of Jean Legros?

7. What is the interior of Fenchurch St. Paul like?

8. Who does Potty Peake's claim to have seen in the church with Legros, and what does his claim imply and how reliable is it considered?

9. What story does Jenkins tell Lord Peter about a stolen emerald necklace?

10. Why is the unknown man's corpse in Lady Thorpe's grave suspected of being Nobby Cranton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several people in The Nine Tailors turn out not to be who or what they initially seem. Discuss the novel's motif of hidden identities and public masques. Cite examples form the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the antagonists Lord Peter encounters in the novel: Will Thoday, James Thoday, Jeff Deacon and Nobby Cranton.

Essay Topic 3

What are the major themes of this novel? Discuss at least three themes. Tell what the author is trying to say about each theme and how she depicts it. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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