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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. How long does the police detective take when he goes to check Mary’s alibi at the store?
(a) 35 minutes
(b) 25 minutes
(c) 8 minutes
(d) 15 minutes

2. What is the first question that Mary asks Patrick after he arrives home?
(a) Tired darling?
(b) Where shall we go for dinner?
(c) How was your day?
(d) Catch any criminals today?

3. What is the meat from the freezer wrapped in?
(a) Burlap
(b) Foil
(c) Paper
(d) Plastic

4. What is Sergeant Noonan’s first name in the story?
(a) James
(b) Patrick
(c) Jack
(d) Peter

5. The final comment made by the policemen in “Lamb to the Slaughter” relates to which literary element?
(a) Alliteration
(b) Assonance
(c) Onomatopoeia
(d) Irony

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of air is described about Mary and “everything she did” in the beginning of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

2. From what narrative point of view is “Lamb to the Slaughter” related?

3. One of the officers in the kitchen says “That’s a hell of a big” what that was “used to hit poor Patrick”?

4. All of Mary’s movements are said to be what, after Patrick has told her his story in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

5. What does Mary offer to get Patrick, but is turned down, after he arrives home in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the central example of dramatic irony in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

2. What differences can be seen between the 1950s society in the short story and society today?

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

4. What transitions did American culture (and European culture) and society make in the 1950s?

5. When does Mary appear the most emotionally vulnerable in the story? Is this emotion true or a performance?

6. What is the motivation for the crime committed in “Lamb to Slaughter”? How is this motivation established in the beginning of the story?

7. How is the setting described in the first paragraph of “Lamb to Slaughter”? What items are described in the room?

8. What social and cultural elements influenced the Post-War period in Western literature?

9. Who is Sergeant Noonan in the story? When does he arrive in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

10. How did “Lamb to Slaughter” fit in with the popular fiction of the era when it was published?

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