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Quiz about Dead Mans Folly
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Dead Man's Folly Trivia Quiz


One of Christie's best 1950s novels. Poirot teams with Ariadne Oliver, who is arranging a "Murder Hunt" that turns frighteningly real. CAUTION!-contains spoilers! Good Luck!

A multiple-choice quiz by jouen58. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
jouen58
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
176,694
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
15
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Average
Avg Score
11 / 15
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Question 1 of 15
1. When the novel begins, Poirot receives an urgent call from his friend Ariadne Oliver, the mystery novelist (and Christie's alter ego). She is arranging a "Murder Hunt" at Nasse House near Dartmoor, but feels that something is very wrong. What, specifically, is bothering her? Hint


Question 2 of 15
2. Ariadne Oliver rather vaguely describes Sir George and Lady Stubbs to Poirot as "Oh, nobody really. Just rich." What was the source of Sir George's wealth? Hint


Question 3 of 15
3. Michael Weyman, the architect, makes two very perceptive remarks to Poirot, though he doesn't realize himself how perceptive they are. One involves the peculiar location of the folly. The other, made after the murder, involves Miss Brewis' claim that she brought cakes and a fruit drink to Marlene shortly before she was killed. Miss Brewis claims she did this at Lady Stubbs' request, a claim that Michael finds manifestly implausible. Why? Hint


Question 4 of 15
4. Poirot is struck by Mrs. Amy Folliat, the former owner of Nasse House, who now lives in the lodge. Mrs. Folliat is very world-weary and quotes a phrase from an early English poet (which Christie herself was evidently very fond of, since it appears as the epitaph on her tombstone): "Sleepe after toyle, port after stormie seas. Ease after warre, death after life does greatly please...". who wrote these lines? Hint


Question 5 of 15
5. Lady Stubbs appears to be quite upset when she receives a letter from her cousin Etienne De Souza, announcing that he is coming to visit on his yacht (the river Helm flows through the Nasse estate). Which of these ominous statements is she NOT heard to make (or is quoted by Sir George as having made) about De Souza? Hint


Question 6 of 15
6. What comical nickname does Michael Weyman use to describe Ariadne Oliver, who wears a resplendant purple costume for the "Murder Hunt"? Hint


Question 7 of 15
7. Who was originally supposed to have played the victim in the "Murder Hunt"? Hint


Question 8 of 15
8. A rather suspicious looking fellow keeps turning up in the novel, who appears to have some strange hold over Alec Legge and who represents Christie's rather vague notion of the Communist menace. He is always recognized by his shirt, which is rather garishly colored and emblazoned with a particular kind if animal print. What is the animal? Hint


Question 9 of 15
9. Before her disappearance, Lady Stubbs is seen wearing a dress of a particular floral shade of pink. What type of flower, which is also seen growing in Mrs. Folliat's garden, echoes the shade of Lady Stubb's dress? Hint


Question 10 of 15
10. What phrase is old Merdell fond of quoting (and which he quotes to Poirot) that seals his fate? Hint


Question 11 of 15
11. What does Poirot find in the folly that indicates that Peggy Legge had been there the day of the murder? Hint


Question 12 of 15
12. There is a persistent problem with trespassing on the Nasse estate throughout the story. Who, or what, keeps trespassing through the grounds? Hint


Question 13 of 15
13. How many murder victims are there in this novel (including the one who is dead before the story begins)? Hint


Question 14 of 15
14. What crime, besides murder, was Sir George Stubbs guilty of? Hint


Question 15 of 15
15. What sound is heard at the end of the novel, which Poirot brings to Mrs. Folliat's attention? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. When the novel begins, Poirot receives an urgent call from his friend Ariadne Oliver, the mystery novelist (and Christie's alter ego). She is arranging a "Murder Hunt" at Nasse House near Dartmoor, but feels that something is very wrong. What, specifically, is bothering her?

Answer: People keep suggesting changes.

Mrs. Oliver cannot quite put her finger on what is wrong, but she finds that people keep wanting to make changes in what is, after all, her murder game. She stubbornly resists the major changes, but finds herself giving in to minor and seemingly inconsequential ones.

Although the suggestions come from different people, she feels that one person is actually behind them. Although she doesn't know who it is, she reasons that "It's somebody very clever and very careful. It might be anybody." She also feels that "... if there was to be a real murder tomorrow instead of a fake one, I shouldn't be surprised." She turns out to be quite awfully right.
2. Ariadne Oliver rather vaguely describes Sir George and Lady Stubbs to Poirot as "Oh, nobody really. Just rich." What was the source of Sir George's wealth?

Answer: Hattie Stubbs

Although Amy Folliat had led Poirot (and others) to believe that the parents of her charge, Hattie, had lost all of the fortune they had made in their sugar cane plantations, Poirot deduces that Hattie was in fact a rich woman when she married James Folliat/George Stubbs. Docile and easily dominated, she signed whatever documents her new husband asked he to sign, until, as Poirot reminds Mrs. Folliat "...in the end, the desired financial result was reached. Sir George Stubbs, the new personality assumed by your son, became a rich man and his wife became a pauper."
3. Michael Weyman, the architect, makes two very perceptive remarks to Poirot, though he doesn't realize himself how perceptive they are. One involves the peculiar location of the folly. The other, made after the murder, involves Miss Brewis' claim that she brought cakes and a fruit drink to Marlene shortly before she was killed. Miss Brewis claims she did this at Lady Stubbs' request, a claim that Michael finds manifestly implausible. Why?

Answer: It would be completely out of character for Lady Stubbs to be so thoughtful.

Michael Weyman comments on the absurdity of the folly being stuck in among so many trees where there is no vista, when it would have been far better situated at the top of the grassy bank by the house. He wrongly attributes this to Sir George's utter lack of taste: "...a big oak tree crashes down in a gale. Leaves a nasty scar. 'Oh, we'll tidy that place up by putting a folly there'...That's all they ever think about, these rich city fellows, tidying up!" Mr. Weyman little suspects that the real Hattie Stubbs lies under the folly, where Sir George cleverly buried her in the freshly disturbed earth left after the oak tree came down. Similarly, he thinks it absurd for the self-absorbed Lady Stubbs to have thoughtfully sent Miss Brewis with refreshments for young Marlene in the boathouse, as she claims. Again, he does not realize that it was not out of thoughtfulness that Miss Brewis was sent on her errand, but because the Stubbs' were afraid that Miss Brewis might have independently thought to take a tray to the boathouse and might have chosen an inopportune time to do so (also, Lady Stubbs probably took a malicious pleasure in sending Miss Brewis, whom she dislikes and who quite hates her, to the scene of the murder at about the time it occured).
4. Poirot is struck by Mrs. Amy Folliat, the former owner of Nasse House, who now lives in the lodge. Mrs. Folliat is very world-weary and quotes a phrase from an early English poet (which Christie herself was evidently very fond of, since it appears as the epitaph on her tombstone): "Sleepe after toyle, port after stormie seas. Ease after warre, death after life does greatly please...". who wrote these lines?

Answer: Edmund Spenser

Shortly after quoting these lines (from Spenser's "The Faerie Queene"), Mrs. Folliat tells Poirot "It's a very wicked world, M. Poirot. And there are very wicked people in the world." One of these, sadly, is her own son.
5. Lady Stubbs appears to be quite upset when she receives a letter from her cousin Etienne De Souza, announcing that he is coming to visit on his yacht (the river Helm flows through the Nasse estate). Which of these ominous statements is she NOT heard to make (or is quoted by Sir George as having made) about De Souza?

Answer: "He's always hated me."

In fact, Lady Stubbs does not want to meet De Souza because he will realize that she is not the person she claims to be. Hattie Stubbs, De Souza's cousin, has been killed by Sir George Stubbs, and "Lady Stubbs" has been impersonating her since the murder.

The ruse has fooled the servants, who barely got a glimpse of the real Hattie Stubbs, but it will certainly not fool a blood relative like De Souza. Lady Stubb's statements about De Souza, made shortly before her "disappearance", makes him a prime suspect in her supposed murder.
6. What comical nickname does Michael Weyman use to describe Ariadne Oliver, who wears a resplendant purple costume for the "Murder Hunt"?

Answer: The Purple Peril

During the "Murder Hunt", Poirot comes upon Mrs. Oliver in the Camellia garden "...dressed in purple splendor, sitting on a garden seat in a brooding attitude, and looking rather like Mrs. Siddons." Michael Weyman, asked by the inspector who he thinks might have been the murderer, replies "Well, I'd say it was our prolific authoress, the Purple Peril. Have you seen her Imperial Purple getup? I suggest that she went a bit off her onion and thought how much better the murder hunt would be if there was a real body. How's that?"
7. Who was originally supposed to have played the victim in the "Murder Hunt"?

Answer: Peggy Legge

Peggy Legge was originally to have played the victim, the "Yugoslavian first wife of an atom scientist", but eventually Marlene was suggested instead (undoubtedly by one of the Stubbs'; one of the "seemingly trivial" suggestions Mrs. Oliver was so uneasy about).

Instead, Peggy is pressed into service as a gypsy fortune teller, Madame Zuleika, though she admits she would rather have played the corpse; "much more peaceful". Marlene is unhappy that she is only going to be strangled with a cord; she would rather have been stabbed "...and have lashings of red paint." *NOTE- More than one FT player has insisted that Mrs. Legge's first name is Sally, not Peggy. Both the Bantam edition and the "Bedtime, Bathtub, and Armchair companion to Agatha Christie" give her name as Peggy; it may be Sally in another edition(s).
8. A rather suspicious looking fellow keeps turning up in the novel, who appears to have some strange hold over Alec Legge and who represents Christie's rather vague notion of the Communist menace. He is always recognized by his shirt, which is rather garishly colored and emblazoned with a particular kind if animal print. What is the animal?

Answer: Turtles

Poirot encounters this strange fellow during the fete, at the coconut shy, and comes upon him the following day at the folly, where he evidently had intended to meet someone (Alec Legge, as it turns out). Both times, Poirot recognizes him by his garish shirt, adorned with various turtles and tortoises. Apparently, this young man never changes his shirt; either that or he has more than one garish shirt adorned with turtles.

His connection with Alec Legge is never fully elucidated, but apparently the latter had entertained some vague Communist sympathies at one time and had gotten involved with some group or other from which he subsequently tried to extricate himself.

His angst over this wreaked havoc upon his marriage to Peggy who, we discover towards the end of the novel, has cleared out and left him (presumably to take up with Michael Weyman).
9. Before her disappearance, Lady Stubbs is seen wearing a dress of a particular floral shade of pink. What type of flower, which is also seen growing in Mrs. Folliat's garden, echoes the shade of Lady Stubb's dress?

Answer: Cyclamen

Christie uses rather more poetic imagery in this novel than usual; the name "Folliat" echoes the "folly" of the title, for example. Cyclamens are mentioned as growing abundantly at the Nasse estate; Lady Stubbs is wearing vivid cyclamen lipstick when Poirot first meets her.

When last seen before her "disappearance", she is wearing a cyclamen-pink georgette dress with a big coolie hat of black straw (later found in the river). When Poirot pays his final visit to Mrs. Folliat, he notes that the cyclamen are finished blooming; so, too, has Lady Stubbs ceased to exist, both the true Hattie Stubbs and the false Hattie, as impersonated by Sir George's Italian first wife.
10. What phrase is old Merdell fond of quoting (and which he quotes to Poirot) that seals his fate?

Answer: "Always be Folliats at Nasse"

Old Merdell represents a double threat to the Stubbs'; he was a witness to Lady Stubbs' burial and he has recognized "Sir George" as James Folliat, who was declared missing and presumed killed in WWII, though he had actually deserted. Though few people take the drunken old man's rambling at all seriously, his granddaughter Marlene was struck by his mention of a dead body in the woods.

She repeated this story to Sir George, who gave her money to keep quiet; eventually, the Stubbs' manage to silence Marlene and her grandfather, who is pushed into the river during a bout of drunkenness and drowns.
11. What does Poirot find in the folly that indicates that Peggy Legge had been there the day of the murder?

Answer: A charm from her bracelet

A charm in the shape of an airplane apparently fell from the bracelet Peggy was wearing in her "Madame Zuleika" getup and lodged in a crack at the base of the folly. Poirot picks it up, and later finds her looking for it. It had come loose during an assignation with Michael Weyman, during the time she had claimed to be in the tea-tent taking her break from fortune-telling.
12. There is a persistent problem with trespassing on the Nasse estate throughout the story. Who, or what, keeps trespassing through the grounds?

Answer: Foreign students

Students from the nearby youth hostel, many of them foreign, are forever short-cutting across the Nasse estate to get to the river ferry. They are a source of great consternation to Sir George, who complains that many of them don't speak a word of English and are, he suspects, probably Communists. Peggy Legge compares his fulminations to those of Betsy Trotwood in Dickens' "David Copperfield" about donkeys crossing her lawn. Poirot encounters two of these young women on his way to Nasecombe in the beginning of the story; one of them turns out to be Lady Stubbs!
13. How many murder victims are there in this novel (including the one who is dead before the story begins)?

Answer: Three

Hattie Stubbs has been killed before the novel begins. Marlene is killed by Lady Stubbs because her grandfather, old Merdell, had told her about Hattie's murder and burial and she had been plying the Stubbs for hush money. Merdell is killed because he recognizes Sir George as the "late" James Folliat.
14. What crime, besides murder, was Sir George Stubbs guilty of?

Answer: Bigamy

Though James Folliat (alias Sir George) may have been guilty of any of these things at some point, he definitely committed bigamy when he married Hattie Stubbs, since he had already taken a wife in Trieste. Poirot believes that he resolved from the first to do away with Hattie once he had appropriated her fortune and ensconce his original wife as the lady of Nasse House, a resolution which he carried out.
15. What sound is heard at the end of the novel, which Poirot brings to Mrs. Folliat's attention?

Answer: The folly being torn down.

In the final chapter, Poirot presents Mrs. Folliat with the solution to the murder, which she already knows, but refuses to acknowledge as she cannot bring herself to betray her son. At the end of their conversation, he calls her attention to the sound of a pickaxe; the folly is being torn down and the body of Hattie Stubbs will soon be found. Mrs. Folliat then asks Poirot to leave her, stating "There are some things that one has to face quite alone..."
Source: Author jouen58

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