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. While having coffee after the Gaudy Dinner, who questions Harriet about the type of books she writes?

3. Why does Mrs. Goodwin not return at the beginning of the summer term?

4. When Harriet visits Saint-George in the hospital the second time, what does she help him with?

5. When does Harriet notice a suspicious light on in the New Library?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Jukes in Chapter 9?

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

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

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

6. What does Harriet learn from Arbuthnot about Peter?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare author Dorothy Sayers with character Harriet Vane. Use at least three specific details in your comparison.

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

An element of detective fiction is that the author leaves obscure clues as to who is responsible. Find four of these clues from Gaudy Night and explain how they point to Annie as the culprit.

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