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. Who is standing in front of the fuse box by the West Staircase?

2. What is Miss Lydgate clutching as the lights go off across the Quad?

3. Mr. Arbuthnot tells Harriet that Peter is attached to what?

4. When does Harriet notice a suspicious light on in the New Library?

5. Whom do the Fellows and Tutors originally suspect as the culprit of the letters and vandalism?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 7, why does Harriet hide a man in the chapel during the middle of the night?

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

3. What does Harriet find amusing about the invitation to Farringdon's party?

4. After the vandalism of the New Library, what do the Warden and Harriet decide about the investigation?

5. How does Saint-George embarrass himself in front of Harriet?

6. Why does Harriet offer to help Miss Lydgate with her proofs?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

During her first visit Oxford, Harriet discovers a crude drawing. Answer the following questions.

1) What is on the drawing?

2) Having finished reading the book, how does this drawing show the motive of the culprit?

3) How does the timing of this incident point to the culprit?

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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