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. What kind of weather does Harriet drive through at the beginning of Chapter 5?

2. In Chapter 1, which old friend of Harriet's is ill and urges her to attend a school event?

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

4. How many colleges have been vandalized?

5. Who tries to blackmail Pomfret for climbing over the college wall?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 learn from Arbuthnot about Peter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harriet agrees to help with the mystery at Shrewsbury because "there did come moments when all personal feelings had to be set aside in the interests of public service." Explain this statement and answer the following questions. How is this conclusion debated later when Peter has coffee in the Senior Common Room? What is an example of someone besides Harriet who does this?

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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