Gaudy Night Test | Final 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. When Harriet sees Peter in Oxford, what is he wearing?

2. Who sees a light on in the science lab during the night?

3. What does Harriet see on Miss Hillyard's carpet and slippers?

4. Who takes fingerprints of the lab room?

5. Where does Harriet gain consciousness after her attack?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Pomfret accuse Harriet of when he meets her in Chapter 12?

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

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

6. Is Miss Hillyard responsible for smashing Harriet's chess set?

7. How is Harriet attacked?

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

9. Why does Harriet contact Peter in Chapter 13?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The issue of women's education versus domesticity occurs frequently in Gaudy Night. Even Harriet is at one time disposed to believe that the culprit is one of the female dons who has gone mad from learning and suppressed sexual desires. How is it ironic that Annie, a married uneducated women, is the mad culprit? Is Dorothy Sayers conveying a message through this? In your answer, consider the author's own life experience.

Essay Topic 3

During the Gaudy Night, Harriet starts having feelings for Peter. Highlight four important events in their relationship during the book's time period and explain how they contribute to Harriet's accepting Peter's final proposal.

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