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. During her time at Oxford, Harriet discovers that people are more interested in whom, rather than herself?

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

3. How does Harriet arrive at Oxford in Chapter 1?

4. Who asks if there is to be an opening ceremony for the lavatories?

5. Where does Harriet stay at her second visit to Oxford?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In Chapter 3, which two subjects had Harriet hoped not to think about at Oxford? Does she?

5. What does Harriet learn from Arbuthnot about Peter?

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

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

8. Why does Harriet find it difficult to write to Peter after visiting Saint-George in the hospital?

9. How have Harriet's classmates changed from when they graduated to when she saw them again at the unveiling of the clock?

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

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

At various times during the book, different members of the college are under suspicion. Choose two of these members. Explain their possible motives and reasons for them being under suspicion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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