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. How does Harriet arrive at Oxford in Chapter 1?

2. Why does Harriet ask Annie about Jukes?

3. What does Harriet read about Shrewsbury College in a newspaper?

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

5. At the end of Chapter 8, where does Harriet go for a soothing influence?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Harriet learn from Arbuthnot about Peter?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During the Gaudy Night, Harriet starts having feelings for Peter. Highlight four important events in their relationship during the book's time period and explain how they contribute to Harriet's accepting Peter's final proposal.

Essay Topic 2

There is a violent storm in Chapter 13. Explain the symbolism of the storm in regard to the preceding and proceeding events and the faculty members.

Essay Topic 3

Lord Saint-George proves more than an amusing character. Discuss his role in both the relationship between Harriet and Peter and the solving of the mystery.

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