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

2. In Chapter 6, Harriet wakes herself up calling for whom?

3. Who tells Harriet about being accosted by a person who might be the poltergeist?

4. How were the notes written?

5. Why does Mrs. Goodwin not return at the beginning of the summer term?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Harriet learn from Arbuthnot about Peter?

9. How does Harriet find the disaster in the New Library the night before its opening?

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

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 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

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?

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