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. After Harriet notices the light on in the New Library, whose room does she find empty?

2. Whom does Harriet offer to help with proof sheets?

3. After the power outage, what does the Warden publicly ask?

4. Who hates Oxford and attends only because of her parents' wishes?

5. What is Harriet daydreaming about in the first paragraph of The Gaudy Night?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Harriet learn anything about the poltergeist from the night when the fuses were removed?

2. In Chapter 3, which two subjects had Harriet hoped not to think about at Oxford? Does she?

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

4. What does Harriet choose to tell the faculty about the figure hanging in the chapel?

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

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

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

8. What does Harriet learn from Arbuthnot about Peter?

9. In Chapter 5, what do the Dean and Harriet conclude from the absence of spelling mistakes in the poison pen letters?

10. What happens to Jukes in Chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Senior Common Room is the setting for many significant meetings and conversations. Choose two of these occasions and explain their significance to the book.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

By halfway through the book, Harriet knows that Miss Martin, Miss Lydgate, and Miss Edwards are not the culprits. Explain why each of these characters are known to be innocent, and the event that proves this to Harriet.

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