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Objective Question Answer
1. Who is the narrator of the novel?
(a) There is an omniscient narrator.
(b) The narration shifts between many characters.
(c) Dr. Sheppard.
(d) Herxule poirot.
Ans: (c) Dr. Sheppard.
2. Where does Dr. Sheppard’s sister Caroline get most of her gossip from?
(a) No One – She is not much of a gossip.
(b) The servants and tradesmen.
(c) Her upper-class friends.
(d) She Frequently goes out and prods strangers for gossip.
Ans : (b) The servants and tradesmen.
3. Whose dies first in the novel?
(a) Mrs. Ferrars.
(b) Dr. Sheppard.
(c) Ursula Bourne.
(d) Roger Ackroyd..
Ans: (a) Mrs. Ferrars.
4. How does Mrs. Ferrars die?
(a) She poisons herself.
(b) She accidentally overdoses on veronal.
(c) She is poisoned by someone else.
(d) She accidentally overdoses on heroin.
Ans: (a) She poisons herself
5. Why does Miss Russell really visit Dr. Sheppard the day after Mrs. Ferrars’ death?
(a) She wants to learn more about cocaine and whether someone with a cocaine habit can ever be cored of it.
(b) She wants to learn more about different kinds of dealy poisons.
(c) SHE WANTS TO LEARN ABOUT VERONAL AND HOW IT COULD BE USED TO KILL SOMEONE.
(d) SHE HOPES THAT DR. SHEPPARD WILL TELL HER HOW MRS. FERRARS DIED.
Ans: (a) SHE WANTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COCAINE AND WHETHER SOMEONE WITH A COCAINE HABIT CAN EVER BE CURED OF IT
6. How is Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd related to Roger Ackroyd?
(a) SHE IS HIS DIVORCED WIFE
(b) SHE IS HIS MOTHER
(c) SHE IS HIS SISTER-IN-LAW
(d) SHE IS IS HIS SISTER
Ans: (c) SHE IS HIS SISTER-IN-LAW.
7. How is Ralph Patton related to Roger Ackroyd?
(a) RALPH IS ROGER ACKROYD’S STEP-SON
(b) RALPH IS ROGER ACKROYD’S SON-IN-LAW
(c) RALPH IS ROGER ACKROYD’S SON
(d) NONE OF THE ABOVE
Ans: (a) RALPH IS ROGER ACKROYD’S STEPSON
8. Who was Ralph Patton really talking to in the woods?
(a) URSULA BOURNE
(b) MRS. FERRARS
(c) FLORA ACKROYD
(d) IT IS NEVER REVEALED
Ans: (a) URSULA BOURNE
9. What does Dr. Sheppard initially believe his neighbour’s profession to be?
(d) POLICE OFFICER
Ans: (c) HAIRDRESSER.
10. Who is “Parrot”?
(a) THE NAME DR. SHEPPARD MISTAKENLY ASSIGNS TO HIS NEIGHBOUR BEFORE HE LEARNS HIS NAME IS ACTUALLY “HERCULE POIROT”
(b) THE DETECTIVE WHO FIRST COMES TO INVESTIGATE ROGER ACKROYD’S DEATH
(c) DR. SHEPPARD’S FIRST NAME
(d) THE MYSTERIOUS MAN WHO VISITS THE SUMMER HOUSE TI IE NIGHT OF ROGER ACKROYD’S DEATH
Ans: (a) THE NAME DR. SHEPPARD MISTAKENLY ASSIGNS TO HIS NEIGHBOUR BEFORE HE LEARNS HIS NAME IS ACTUALLY “HERCULE POIROT”
11. Why did Hercule Poirot originally come to King’s Abbot?
(a) To retire.
(b) To be head detective of the town.
(c) To investigate roger ackroyd’s murder.
(d) Because roger ackeroyd begged him to.
Ans: (a) To retire.
12. Ultimately, who is the mysterious stranger who Dr. Sheppard meets approaching Fernly Park on the night of the murder?
(a) Ralph paton in disguise.
(b) Charles kent, Miss Russell’s Estranged Son.
(c) Charles kent„ For Ackroyd’s Secret Lover.
(d) None of the above.
Ans: (b) Charles kent, Miss Russell’s Estranged Son.
13. What does Roger Ackroyd receive from Parker when he is talking to Dr. Sheppard that causes him such surprise?
(a) A KNIFE THAT IS LATER USED TO KILL HIM
(b) A LETTER FROM CHARLES KENT
(c) A LE FIER FROM HIS STEPSON RALPH PATON
(d) A LETTER FROM THE DEAD MRS. FERRARS
Ans: (d) A LETTER FROM THE DEAD MRS. FERRARS.
14. Why is Roger Ackroyd so upset at dinner?
(a) MRS. FERRARS TOLD HIM SHE WAS BEING BLACKMAILED BEFORE HER DEATH
(b) HIS STEPSON RALPH PATON REFUSED TO MARRY FLORA ACKROYD
(c) HE BELIEVES SOMEONE WANTS TO KILL HIM
(d) HE IS CONCERNED ABOUT MRS. CECIL ACKROYD’S SPENDING HABITS
Ans: (a) MRS. FERRARS TOLD HIM SHE WAS BEING BLACKMAILED BEFORE HER DEATH
15. Who killed Ashley Ferrars, Mrs. Ferrars’ late husband?
(a) Ralph Paton.
(b) Dr. Sheppard.
(c) Mrs. Ferrars.
(d) Roger Ackroyd.
Ans: (c) Mrs. Ferrars.
16. What did Flora Ackroyd initially pretend that she said goodnight to her uncle at 9:45?
(a) She didn’t want police to know that she’d snuck out to meet ralph paton.
b) She didn’t want her mother to know that she’d snuck out to meet charles kent.
(c) Parker caught her outside of ackroyd’s office, and she didn’t want him to suspect that she’d just been in ackroyd’s bedroom ro steal money.
(d) Parker caught her outside of ackroyd’s office, and she didn’t want him to suspect that she’d actually been having a fight with her uncle about money.
Ans: (c) Parker caught her outside of ackroyd’s office, and she didn’t want him to suspect that she’d just been in ackroyd’s bedroom ro steal money.
17. Who moved the chair in Roger Ackroyd’s office after his murder?
(a) Major blunt.
(b) Dr. Sheppard.
(d) Geoffrey Raymond.
Ans: (b) Dr. Sheppard.
18. Who was Roger Ackroyd talking to when Raymond overheard him in his office at 9:30?
(a) Geoffrey Raymond.
(b) Ralph Paton.
(c) Major blunt.
(d) None of the above.
Ans: (d) None of the above.
19. Why does Flora Ackroyd want to enlist Poirot’s help in solving her uncle’s murder?
(a) SHE IS WORRIED THAT THE INSPECTORS ARE GOING TO ACCUSE RALPH AND WANTS POIROT TO FIND THE REAL TRUTH
(b) SHE IS WORRIED THAT THE INSPECTORS ARE GOING TO FIND OUT SHE STOLE THE MONEY AND WANTS POIROT TO DISTRACT THEM
(c) SHE IS WORRIED THAT THE INSPECTORS ARE. GOING TO ACCUSE HER AND WANTS POIROT TO FIND THE REAL TRUTH
(d) SHE IS WORRIED THAT THE INSPECTORS ARE GOING TO ACCUSE HER MOTHER AND WANTS POIROT TO FIND THE REAL TRUTH
Ans: (a) SHE IS WORRIED THAT THE INSPECTORS ARE GOING TO ACCUSE RALPH AND WANTS POIROT TO FIND THE REAL TRUTH
20. How does Flora Ackroyd know that Dr. Sheppard attempted to visit Ralph the night of the murder?
(a) Ralph told her.
(b) She followed him.
(c) When she went to the inn the next morning, the servants these told her.
(d) She had poirot follow him.
Ans: (c) When she went to the inn the next morning, the servants these told her.
21. Poirot says to Dr. Sheppard that “cases of this kind” all have what in common?
(a) THEY ARE ALWAYS EASY TO SOLVE
(b) EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THEM HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE
(c) THE GUILTY PERSON IS ALWAYS WHO YOU LEAST SUSPECT
(d) THE CASE IS ALWAYS MUCH MORE CONFUSING THAT YOU FIRST THINK
Ans: (b) EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THEM HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE
22. Poirot says that the grandfather chair being moved in Ackroyd’s study is “completely unimportant. That’s why….” what?
(a) “WE’LL LET THE POLICE DISTRACT THEMSELVES INVESTIGATING IT”
(b) “IT’S SO INTERESTING”
(c) “IT’S THE ANSWER TO THE ENTIRE MYSTERY” .
(d) “WE WONT BE EXAMINING IT FURTHER”
Ans: (b) “IT’S SO INTERESTING”
23. What nationality is Hercule Poirot?
Ans: (d) Belgian.
24. What clues does Poirot find on the floor of the summerhouse?
(a) A GOOSE QUILL AND A PIECE OF CAMBRIC
(b) A WEDDING RING WITH THE INSCRIPTION “FROM R”
(c) THE DICTAPHONE
(d) THE DAGGER THAT WAS USED TO KILL ROGER ACKROYD
Ans: (a) A GOOSE QUILL AND A PIECE OF CAMBRIC.
25. The inspectors immediately find footprints outside of Ackroyd’s study window. Who do these initially point to as the murderer?
(a) MAJOR BLUNT, WHO FREQUENTLY WALKS AROUND OUTSIDE FERNLY PARK
(b) URSULA BOURNE, WHO FREQUENTLY WALKS AROUND OUTSIDE FERNLY PARK
(c) RALPH PATON, WHO HAS TWO PAIRS OF SHOES THAT MATCH THE FOOTPRINTS
(d) DR. SHEPPARD, WHO HAS TWO PAIRS OF SHOES THAT MATCH THE FOOTPRINTS
Ans: (c) RALPH PATON, WHO HAS TWO PAIRS OF SHOES THAT MATCH THE FOOTPRINTS
Question And Answer
26. In The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, how did Christie prevent the reader from suspecting Dr. Sheppard as the criminal?
Ans: First and foremost, Christie took the unusual step of having Dr. Sheppard function as the first person narrator of the story. We see everything through his eyes, filtered in such a way as to make himself look innocent. He becomes Hercule Poirot’s confidant, chronicling the events and even adding his own suspicions to throw the reader off even more. Because he only speaks in good terms of the victim and is a respected member of the town, as readers we instinctively trust him as well. In addition, Christie also used her classic technique of having other characters with motive and opportunity. At one point Poirot observes, “Everyone at this table is hiding something,” and he is right. Dr. Sheppard acknowledges, “Everyone’s eyes dropped before him, including mine.” But we still don’t understand precisely what he means until the end. Christie leads us to believe he is feeling guilty about secretly hiding Ralph Paton in a hospital.
Ralph Paton becomes a major focus of the book, with many characters (including the police) speculating about where he is and whether or not he is the murderer. He seems to have motive and opportunity. As readers we also focus on Paton, with the other characters coming in and out of focus as their secrets are revealed. The doctor seems the most innocent of all, to the reader if not to Hercule Poirot.
In the end Poirot gives the doctor a chance to make his own choice, and Sheppard chooses to commit suicide, leaving the last chapter of his narrative the explanation of all the misleading clues and omitted information within the story. As is typical with Christie, the reader is left saying, “Ah ha! So that’s what happened!” and everything seems clear.
27. Discuss “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” as a detective story.
Ans: This 1926 Christie mystery is considered a classic in the murder mystery genre. It is a breakthrough story in being told in the first-person voice of the murderer himself, leading to a surprise ending. It was voted the best crime story of all time in 2013 by the British Crime Writers’ Association.
Christie achieves the extraordinary feat of having the story told by the murderer, Dr. James Sheppard, without Sheppard revealing outright that he committed the crime. She has him give us enough clues to suspect he is the perpetrator but also uses the literary device of elision, in which he elides or leaves out clues, while at the same time he provides enough information that if we were not primed by literary convention to believe the narrator of the tale could not also be the murderer, we might suspect him of the crime. In simpler language, we simply don’t expect the person telling the story of a murder to be the murderer unless he tells us so outright, which Sheppard does not do.
For an example of elision, Sheppard discusses looking at curios in a curio case at Roger Ackroyd’s before eating dinner with him and other guests at his home. Sheppard even mentions lifting the glass lid of the case, but doesn’t mention seeing or removing what turns out to be the murder weapon: that crucial fact is elided or left out, leaving it to the reader to do the infill.
For writing a paper on this novel, I would focus on the way that Christie uses readers’ expectations of narrative convention against us. We don’t, for example, expect first-person narrators to be murderers, and we don’t expect Sheppard to leave out important facts about a murder case that is the central subject of his story. Christie is able to mislead us as readers by defying our expectations.
28. Almost everyone in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd has something to hide. What does the novel say about deceit by having so many “guilty” characters?
Ans: The novel suggests deception is a universal truth. By having every character be guilty of some offense, committed for love, money, greed, anger or revenge, the novel implies that people are by nature deceitful. Sometimes, as in the case of Ursula Bourne or Major Blunt, that deceit is born out of love, and other times, as in the case of Parker, that deceit is born out of greed. Regardless of the cause, deceit, the novel argues, is a natural human impulse. The question is less whether or not someone has secrets, but more the extent of those secrets and the lengths they will go to to guard them. While all the characters of the novel have secrets, they are not all criminals — rather, they are human. Only some are true criminals, and even those criminals are not sociopaths, but rather desperate people, or simply regular people with a “strain of weakness” in them (as Dr. Sheppard describes himself (p. 285)).
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