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. Why is Pomfret at Shrewsbury College the morning after Harriet caught him climbing the wall?

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

3. Who walks with Harriet back to her room after having coffee?

4. When telling her about the New Library vandalism, what does Harriet smell in Miss Burrow the librarian's room?

5. At the end of the Gaudy, what does Harriet find with the cigarette case in her gown?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens while the lights are out at Shrewsbury in Chapter 9?

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

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

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

5. In Chapter 5, what do the Dean and Harriet conclude from the absence of spelling mistakes in the poison pen letters?

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

7. What causes the Warden to agree to seek professional help in solving the mystery?

8. How is Arthur Robinson connected to Miss de Vine?

9. How do Harriet and Peter examine the science lab?

10. How is Harriet attacked?

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

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.

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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