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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. How does Nobby Cranton respond when Lord Peter shows him the French paper Hilary Thorpe finds in the church belfry?

2. During the funeral for the dead stranger, about what is Lord Peter puzzling?

3. Who interviews Mrs. Gates?

4. What flower does Hilary Thorpe take to Mrs. Venables for the church at Easter?

5. Which of the following people does not have a key to the belfry stairs?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Reverend Venables help Lord Peter solve the cipher?

2. What clue does Jeff Deacon give Nobby Cranton about the location of the stolen emeralds and how does Cranton initially interpret the clue?

3. With what important ceremony does Reverend Venables hope to bring in the new year at Fenchurch St. Paul and how does Lord Peter Wimsey assist in the ceremony?

4. What does Lord Peter fish out of the churchyard well and how do these items relate to the murder of the unidentified corpse?

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

6. In what suspicious behavior does Will Thoday engage around New Year's, the time of the murder?

7. Why is Lady Thorpe's grave reopened and what do Harry Gotobed and his son find inside the grave when they reopen it?

8. What circumstance brings Lord Peter Wimsey to Fenchurch St. Paul?

9. Why do Superintendent Blundell and Lord Peter suspect that the Thoday brothers may have been involved in the death of Jean Legros?

10. Who is Potty Peake and how reliable is his testimony considered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A number of red herrings appear in The Nine Tailors. Discuss at least three examples of red herrings from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Each chapter in The Nine Tailors begins with an epigraph. Discuss the author's technique of using epigraphs to introduce her chapters. How do the epigraphs relate to the chapters they introduce? What do you think Dorothy L. Sayers intends to convey or accomplish through this technique? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the detective characters in the story: Lord Peter Wimsey, Superintendent Blundell and Chief Inspector Parker. How do the techniques of Lord Peter, the amateur, compare with those of the professionals? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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