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. Peter's nephew asks Harriet to forget about whom?

2. What does Harriet attend at the beginning of the summer term?

3. Where does Harriet find a robed figure hanging from the ceiling?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Harriet drives to Oxford to attend the opening of the new library and to investigate which incidents?

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

4. What happens to Jukes in Chapter 9?

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

6. What does Harriet learn from Arbuthnot about Peter?

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

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

9. In Chapter 2, what does Harriet talk about while having coffee with the Dean and her other classmates?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Annie is obviously the culprit, but it could be said that she is driven to her crimes. Answer the following questions.

1) Why does Annie attack Miss de Vine?

2) Why does Annie attack the college?

3) Are Annie's actions understandable?

4) If you were in charge of dealing with Annie, what would you do?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the character Miss Cattermole and the role she plays in the book. How does Harriet discover that she is innocent? How does Harriet have an influence on her life?

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