Question Answer
Where does M. Poirot board the train? Syria
Judging from Christie's description, what season is it? Winter
How many other passengers were on the train? 2
Of the four characters introduced in Chapter 1, which three will be the most important to the story? Mary Debenham, M. Poirot, and Colonel Arbuthnot.
How does Poirot view the other two passengers? Mary is efficient; the Colonel quiet, reserved, and disdainful of anyone not British.
Where is Poirot scheduled to depart the train? Stamboul
Why isn't Mary exiting there, too? She needed to catch the Simplon Orient Express at 9:00.
What two things has Poirot already learned in Chapter 1 about Mary's occupation and her demeanor simply by eavesdropping? She was a governess in Baghad, and though she seemed confident.
What item that Poirot receives from the concierge surprises the Belgian? A telegram
As Poirot is heading to the dining room at the Hotel Tokatlian, whom does he encounter. M. Bouc
How does Poirot describe the older American man in the dining room at the hotel? As a savage wild animal.
What is unusual about the Stamboul-Calais sleeping car for this season of the year. Too many people had elected to travel that night.
What berth is Poirot assigned to? Who is his roommate? Compartment No. 7, and his roommate is MacQueen.
After Bouc and Mr. Ratchett's travelling companion leave the dining car, which passenger approaches Poirot? M. Ratchett
What is Ratchett's purpose? He wanted M. Hercule Poirot to take up a job for him.
Why does Poirot not accept? He doesn't like Ratchett's face.
What does Poirot learn when he re-boards at Belgrade from the platform? His bags were moved into Compartment No. 1. M. Bouc's berth, and M. Bouc has been moved to the new sleeping car that was just added to the train.
What awakens Poirot in the middle of the night? "A loud groan, almost a cry, somewhere close at hand."
Why does he think the train is not moving? It has stopped at another train station along the way.
When Poirot goes to the door of his compartment, what does he hear from Ratchett's room? He heard a startling cry.
Though Poirot tries to go back to sleep, he cannot. What does he hear from next door, Ratchett's room? He could hear him moving about.
Who rings for the porter when Poirot remembers he did not request his usual mineral water? Mrs. Hubbard
When the porter comes to Poirot's compartment, what is the porter's complaint against Mrs. Hubbard? She insists that was a man in her compartment.
What else does the porter explain to Poirot? The train has stopped because of a snow drift.
Just as Poirot is about the drift off to sleep again, he is awakened by a thud against his door. What does he see as he looks out his door? A woman in a red silk Kimono with a dragon on the back.
M. Bouc summons Poirot for what reason? M. Ratchett was stabbed in his berth overnight and wanted Poirot to investigate.
What is MacQueen's reaction when Poirot informs the valet that his boss has been killed? "MacQueen's mouth pursed itself in a whistle. Except that his eyes grew a shade brighter, he showed no signs of shock or distress."
Why is MacQueen convinced it was murder and not just a death since he is not told how the employer died? He M. Ratchett's notes from multiple people, threatening him.
How many times has Ratchett's body been stabbed? 12 times
What item was not found in the room? A weapon
As the door was locked and chained, how does one assume the killer left the compartment after committing the crime? Through the open window.
Why doesn't the above answer make sense since the train has been stopped by a snowdrift? There were no footprints in the snow.
What hand would have been the dominant hand of the killer based on the wounds? It was unclear. Some wounds appeared to be from the right hand, and others, the left hand.
What does Poirot discover about the true identity of Ratchett? He was the man who murdered little Daisy Armstrong. His identity was Cassetti.