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 Harriet arrive at Oxford in Chapter 1?

2. What had Saint-George asked of Peter?

3. Who is knocked down and bruised while the lights are out?

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

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

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. What is significant about April 1st?

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

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

6. After the vandalism of the New Library, what do the Warden and Harriet decide about the investigation?

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss the three gifts that Peter has given Harriet. Compare the first two. What is significant about the third? How does Harriet react to each one?

Essay Topic 3

Both Pomfret and Peter propose to Harriet. Compare these two men in regard to the following areas: their personalities, their ages, their interactions with Harriet, and the success of their proposals.

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