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. Miss Pyke discovers that what is missing right before she has to lecture?

2. What is Harriet daydreaming about in the first paragraph of The Gaudy Night?

3. At the New Library ceremony, the maid Annie tells Harriet that the vandalism began after who arrived?

4. What event does Harriet first attend when she visits Shrewsbury College?

5. Several of Harriet's classmates ask her about which Lord?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Harriet learn from Arbuthnot about Peter?

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

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

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

10. What is significant about April 1st?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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