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

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

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

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

5. How were the notes written?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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