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. Which student stole Miss Cattermole's fiancé?

2. Which two students on bicycles meet Mr. Pomfret and Harriet at the gate?

3. What event does Harriet first attend when she visits Shrewsbury College?

4. On the way back to her room after having coffee, what does Harriet find?

5. Where does Harriet send Pomfret the morning after she meets him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the women nervous about Peter dining with them in Chapter 17?

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

3. Describe Harriet and Peter's relationship from the time of Harriet's return from Europe to her weekend at the Gaudy.

4. How does Harriet handle the vandalism of the New Library?

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

6. Why does Miss Martin, Dean at Shrewsbury College, write a letter to Harriet in Chapter 4?

7. What do Carrie and Annie notice about the science lab?

8. What does Pomfret accuse Harriet of when he meets her in Chapter 12?

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

10. Why does Harriet accuse Miss Hillyard of smashing her chess set?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

At various times during the book, different members of the college are under suspicion. Choose two of these members. Explain their possible motives and reasons for them being under suspicion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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