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. Which student does the Dean encourage to stop studying and take a break?

2. How does Harriet react to Pomfret's proposal after he has left her?

3. Who once told Harriet that not verifying a source can lead to kidnapping?

4. At what point does Miss Newland jump out of the canoe?

5. When Harriet sees Peter in Oxford, what is he wearing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Harriet contact Peter in Chapter 13?

2. Why does Miss de Vine have a heart attack?

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

4. Describe Peter and Pomfret's first and second meetings.

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

6. What does Peter say about the mystery when Harriet shows him her notes at the river?

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

8. How is Harriet attacked?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At various times during the book, different members of the college are under suspicion. Choose two of these members. Explain their possible motives and reasons for them being under suspicion.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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