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. Whom was Shrewsbury College named after?

2. Who is standing in front of the fuse box by the West Staircase?

3. What is Harriet doing when the lights go out in Tudor?

4. Who bumps into Harriet and spills her meringues?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Harriet learn from Arbuthnot about Peter?

5. How does Harriet handle the vandalism of the New Library?

6. What is significant about April 1st?

7. How do Harriet's classmates and former professors receive her?

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

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

10. Harriet drives to Oxford to attend the opening of the new library and to investigate which incidents?

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

After her accusation, Annie proudly tells the women that she has created division between them. Yet, Peter tells the women that they defeated Annie's purpose by remaining united and keeping the issue confidential. Who do you think is correct, Peter or Annie? Support your answer with three examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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