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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. Who tells Harriet about being accosted by a person who might be the poltergeist?
2. What has Peter broken when he takes Harriet to dinner after her return from Oxford?
3. While having coffee after the Gaudy Dinner, who questions Harriet about the type of books she writes?
4. In Chapter 4, what does a servant find under the table where Peter and Harriet were dining?
5. In Chapter 7, Harriet is returning from where?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 2, what does Harriet talk about while having coffee with the Dean and her other classmates?
2. What happens to Jukes in Chapter 9?
3. Why does Harriet offer to help Miss Lydgate with her proofs?
4. How does Saint-George embarrass himself in front of Harriet?
5. In Chapter 1, what are Harriet's emotions as she returns to Shrewsbury College?
6. Why does the hanging figure incident clear Miss Cattermole's name?
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. Why does Miss Martin, Dean at Shrewsbury College, write a letter to Harriet in Chapter 4?
10. What does Harriet choose to tell the faculty about the figure hanging in the chapel?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Lord Saint-George proves more than an amusing character. Discuss his role in both the relationship between Harriet and Peter and the solving of the mystery.
Essay Topic 2
Detective fiction usually involves a central character who solves the mystery. In the case of Gaudy Night, however, it is not Harriet but Peter who solves the mystery. Which one do you think is the main character of the book?
Essay Topic 3
The issue of women's education versus domesticity occurs frequently in Gaudy Night. Even Harriet is at one time disposed to believe that the culprit is one of the female dons who has gone mad from learning and suppressed sexual desires. How is it ironic that Annie, a married uneducated women, is the mad culprit? Is Dorothy Sayers conveying a message through this? In your answer, consider the author's own life experience.
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