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. Who tells Harriet about being accosted by a person who might be the poltergeist?

2. Harriet suggests to the Dean that what be installed on the top of the walls?

3. What do the police find when they raid Juke's home in Chapter 9?

4. What had Saint-George asked of Peter?

5. Catherine Freemantle, a former classmate of Harriet's, married a farmer and now lives where?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Harriet find the disaster in the New Library the night before its opening?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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