The Nine Tailors: Changes Rung on an Old Theme in Two Short Touches and Two Full Peals Test | Final 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. How long do the villagers of Fenchurch St. Paul live in the church and Rectory before the waters recede?

2. What makes the police and Lord Peter certain that Will Thoday could not have buried Jeff Deacon in Lady Thorpe's grave?

3. What does Lord Peter have for dinner on Christmas Eve at the Rectory?

4. Who is on the top of the bell-chamber ladder, able to witness James Thoday's removal of Deacon's body from the church?

5. Whose photo does Lord Peter send to Suzanne Legros to be identified?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lord Peter solve the mystery of Deacon's death and what does the cause of Deacon's death turn out to be?

2. What makes Lord Peter and the police think that Arthur Cobbleigh and Jean Legros are the same man?

3. Why does Will Thoday take a large sum of money out of the bank and then redeposit it?

4. How does Lady Wilbraham respond when her stolen emeralds are found?

5. Discuss the religious symbolism in the flood of Fenchurch St. Paul and the villagers' experience in the church during the flood.

6. What surprising news is revealed about Deacon's murder when James and Will Thoday are left alone in a room with a hidden microphone?

7. Why do Will and Mary Thoday have to remarry each other?

8. How does Lord Peter find the stolen emeralds?

9. How does Will Thoday die, and how does his death redeem his character?

10. What is Jeff Deacon's tie to Arthur Cobbleigh?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Nine Tailors takes place in a small English village during the 1920's. Discuss how the geographical and chronological setting affect the story and how the characters and story might differ if Dorothy L. Sayers had set the novel in the United States during the 1940's instead. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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