Agatha Christie: Reading Practice 4 (biography)

By | December 22, 2017

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie was an English novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name. She also wrote the world’s longest-running play, the Mousetrap.

Born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, Christie served in a hospital during the first World War, before marrying and starting a family in London. She was initially successful at getting her work published, but in 1920 the Bodley Head press published her novel the Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring the character of Poirot.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her work comes third in the rankings of the world’s most-widely published books behind Shakespeare’s works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, Christie is the most-translated individual author – having been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie’s best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world’s best mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time. In 1971, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2013 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writer’s Association.


1. The text above is categorized as biography because … .
A. it is written in the past tense
B. it tells the story of someone’s life
C. it looks like a narrative story
D. it is written by a public figure
E. it tells some events in a sequential order

2. The first paragraph … .
A. introduces the subject of the bio
B. tells why Agatha is an important person
C. describes Agatha’s works in details
D. explains why she became a novelist
E. presents Agatha’s passion

3. What is Agatha best known for?
A. her play called the Mouse trap
B. her participation in world war
C. her romance works and plays
D. her novels and short stories
E. her passion and ambition

4. Which of the followings was Agatha’s possible oocupation when she was young before she got married?
A. teacher
B. soldier
C. nurse
D. writer
E. officer

5. We know that Dame is … .
A. a noble title
B. a given name
C. a Christian name
D. a surname
E. a family name

6. What is the world’s second most widely-published book according to the text?
A. the Mysterious Affair at Styles
B. Agatha’s works
C. the Bible
D. Shakespeare’s works
E. the Mousetrap

7. What is the title of Agatha’s best-selling novel?
A. the Mysterious Affair at Styles
B. the Mousetrap
C. the Murder of Roger Ackroyd
D. Then There Were None
E. Mary Westmacott

8. Where did she decide to live after she started a family?
A. Unknown
B. Torquay
C. Buckingham
D. Devon
E. London

9. Which of the followings tells about Agatha Christie?
A. She lived in Buckingham Palace
B. She was an unsuccessful novelist
C. She was inspired a lot by Mary Westmaccot
D. She started her career as a novelist
E. She was the greatest after Shakespeare

10. When did her career start to advance?
A. in 1890
B. in 1920
C. in 1971
D. in 1976
E. in 2013

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