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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the officer who is asked by another in the kitchen, “What do you think?”
(a) Charlie
(b) Sergeant Noonan
(c) The fingerprint man
(d) O'Malley

2. What kind of look describes Mary’s eyes in the beginning of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?
(a) Placid
(b) Excited
(c) Mourning
(d) Wondering

3. Who discovers a small patch of congealed blood on Patrick’s head when the police arrive?
(a) Charlie
(b) A police photographer
(c) Sergeant Noonan
(d) O'Malley

4. The narrator states in the beginning of “Lamb to the Slaughter,” that the time when Mary’s husband arrives home is always what kind of “time of day” for her?
(a) Maddening
(b) Jealous
(c) Mediocre
(d) Blissful

5. Mary tells the police detectives that Patrick was where when she returned from the store?
(a) Slumped over in his chair
(b) Curled up in the bathtub
(c) Sitting upright on the couch
(d) Lying on the floor

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a prominent literary element in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

2. Where does Mary set her parcel from the store down when she enters her home?

3. What does Mary attempt to do when Patrick tells her to “sit down” after he arrives home in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

4. What kind of meat does Mary take from the freezer in the story?

5. When Mary leaves to go to the store, it’s not yet what time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What influences can be seen in “Lamb to Slaughter”? When in Dahl’s career was the story written?

2. How does the theme of betrayal apply to “Lamb to Slaughter”?

3. Whose point of view does the narrative of “Lamb to Slaughter” revolve around?

4. What appear to be Patrick’s motivations and desires in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

5. Why does Mary giggle at the end of “Lamb to Slaughter”?

6. What do you think the outcome will be for Mary based on the ending of the story?

7. Why do you think the author chooses not to detail Patrick’s story to the reader?

8. What ultimate irony is presented at the end of “Lamb to Slaughter”?

9. How is Mary’s love for Patrick indicated through imagery in the story?

10. What conversation between Mary and Sergeant Noonan leads to the destruction of the evidence in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

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