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. What do the police find when they raid Juke's home in Chapter 9?

2. Who tells Harriet about being accosted by a person who might be the poltergeist?

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

4. Who telephones to get new fuses?

5. Where does Harriet stay at her second visit to Oxford?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Harriet accuse Miss Hillyard of smashing her chess set?

3. What causes the Warden to agree to seek professional help in solving the mystery?

4. What is the result of the search party for Miss Newland?

5. How do Harriet and Peter examine the science lab?

6. Why does Peter not tell the Warden the name of his suspect?

7. How does Peter suggest that Harriet alter her novel?

8. What causes Peter and Harriet to disagree in Chapter 18?

9. Why are the women nervous about Peter dining with them in Chapter 17?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Harriet agrees to help with the mystery at Shrewsbury because "there did come moments when all personal feelings had to be set aside in the interests of public service." Explain this statement and answer the following questions. How is this conclusion debated later when Peter has coffee in the Senior Common Room? What is an example of someone besides Harriet who does this?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

At one point, Peter tells Harriet to write her current mystery about human beings, not just a jigsaw puzzle. Has Dorothy Sayers done that? Support your answer with at least three references to the book.

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