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. What is the age difference between Pomfret and Harriet?

2. Where does Peter eat dinner on Monday evening?

3. Who does Harriet first contact for professional help in solving the case?

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

5. What does Peter say was used to smash Harriet's property?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What drives Miss Newland to madness?

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

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

8. How do Harriet and Peter spend the afternoon of his first day in Oxford?

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

10. Why is Harriet suspicious of Miss Hillyard at the end of Chapter 18?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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