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. Whom does Peter ask to try to identify the culprit?

2. Why does Peter take Harriet to an isolated field?

3. What does Peter's assistant find on the floor in the science lab?

4. What has Miss Newland been receiving previous to her attempted suicide?

5. Who tells the Dean about the figure in the science lab?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Miss Edwards's opinion after Harriet tells her about the prank call?

5. How does Peter know Padgett?

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

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

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

9. What drives Miss Newland to madness?

10. What do Carrie and Annie notice about the science lab?

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

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

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?

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