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. How does Peter's April 1st proposal come to Harriet?

2. During her time at Oxford, Harriet discovers that people are more interested in whom, rather than herself?

3. In Chapter 4, what does a servant find under the table where Peter and Harriet were dining?

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

5. Who asks if there is to be an opening ceremony for the lavatories?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the women discuss with Peter over coffee?

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

4. What does Peter tell Harriet that he values about her, and why does this surprise her?

5. Why is Harriet surprised to see Peter in Oxford?

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

7. What does Peter say about the mystery when Harriet shows him her notes at the river?

8. What is significant about April 1st?

9. How does Harriet respond to Pomfret's avowal of devotion?

10. Why does Harriet offer to help Miss Lydgate with her proofs?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Annie is obviously the culprit, but it could be said that she is driven to her crimes. Answer the following questions.

1) Why does Annie attack Miss de Vine?

2) Why does Annie attack the college?

3) Are Annie's actions understandable?

4) If you were in charge of dealing with Annie, what would you do?

Essay Topic 2

By halfway through the book, Harriet knows that Miss Martin, Miss Lydgate, and Miss Edwards are not the culprits. Explain why each of these characters are known to be innocent, and the event that proves this to Harriet.

Essay Topic 3

Lord Saint-George proves more than an amusing character. Discuss his role in both the relationship between Harriet and Peter and the solving of the mystery.

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