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. Whom does Harriet find climbing up a wall of the college in the middle of the night?

2. In which language is the note that Harriet found on the hanging figure?

3. After being acquitted of murder, where had Harriet traveled?

4. What is stuck into the figure that Harriet finds hanging from the ceiling?

5. Of what had Harriet been accused by the police?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Harriet choose to tell the faculty about the figure hanging in the chapel?

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

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

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

5. In the meeting that takes place during Chapter 5, why is it concluded that the culprit must be a resident at Oxford?

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

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

8. What is significant about April 1st?

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

10. How have Harriet's classmates changed from when they graduated to when she saw them again at the unveiling of the clock?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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