Gaudy Night Test | Mid-Book 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. While investigating the light in the New Library, Harriet runs into a student doing what?

2. At the New Library ceremony, the maid Annie tells Harriet that the vandalism began after who arrived?

3. At the end of the Gaudy, what does Harriet find with the cigarette case in her gown?

4. In Chapter 7, Harriet is returning from where?

5. Whom was Shrewsbury College named after?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Harriet find amusing about the invitation to Farringdon's party?

2. In Chapter 1, what are Harriet's emotions as she returns to Shrewsbury College?

3. Why does the hanging figure incident clear Miss Cattermole's name?

4. How does Harriet find the disaster in the New Library the night before its opening?

5. Why does Harriet tell Saint-George about the poltergeist in Chapter 10?

6. Why does Harriet find it difficult to write to Peter after visiting Saint-George in the hospital?

7. What does Harriet learn from Arbuthnot about Peter?

8. In the meeting that takes place during Chapter 5, why is it concluded that the culprit must be a resident at Oxford?

9. How have Harriet's classmates changed from when they graduated to when she saw them again at the unveiling of the clock?

10. In Chapter 7, why does Harriet hide a man in the chapel during the middle of the night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During the Gaudy Night, Harriet starts having feelings for Peter. Highlight four important events in their relationship during the book's time period and explain how they contribute to Harriet's accepting Peter's final proposal.

Essay Topic 2

At one point, Peter tells Harriet to write her current mystery about human beings, not just a jigsaw puzzle. Has Dorothy Sayers done that? Support your answer with at least three references to the book.

Essay Topic 3

There is a violent storm in Chapter 13. Explain the symbolism of the storm in regard to the preceding and proceeding events and the faculty members.

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