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

2. Where is Saint-George the second time Harriet sees him?

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

4. What kind of weather does Harriet drive through at the beginning of Chapter 5?

5. Catherine Freemantle, a former classmate of Harriet's, married a farmer and now lives where?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Harriet go to Miss de Vine's room in Chapter 21?

2. How does Peter suggest that Harriet alter her novel?

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

4. Why is Sunday the best part of a Gaudy?

5. How does Harriet respond to Pomfret's avowal of devotion?

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

7. Why is Harriet suspicious of Miss Hillyard at the end of Chapter 18?

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

9. What does Peter say about the mystery when Harriet shows him her notes at the river?

10. Why is Saint-George unable to keep his lunch appointment with Harriet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the "marriage question" that Harriet faces? How is it linked to the mystery Harriet solves? Does she answer it by the end of the book?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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