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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. What is Mary doing as she enters her home from the store?
(a) Laughing and giggling
(b) Frowning and praying
(c) Crying and thinking
(d) Humming and smiling

2. What does Mary ask Sergeant Noonan to give her as the investigation continues?
(a) A notepad
(b) A gun
(c) A drink
(d) A police sketch

3. Patrick tells Mary after relating his story that “there needn’t really be any” what?
(a) Hatred
(b) Fuss
(c) Yelling
(d) Agony

4. Where is Patrick standing when Mary reenters the living room with the meat from the freezer?
(a) In the kitchen
(b) On the porch
(c) On the stairs
(d) By the window

5. Where does Mary discover her dead husband lying after she returns from the store?
(a) In the bedroom
(b) In the living room
(c) On the stairs
(d) In the bathroom

Short Answer Questions

1. What word from the story means a punishment imposed or incurred for a violation of law?

2. “Lamb to the Slaughter” was written and is presumably set in what era?

3. Mary complains about what aspect of Patrick’s job after his arrival home in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

4. What word from the story refers to keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss?

5. How far along is Mary’s pregnancy in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the character of Patrick Maloney described in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

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

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

4. How is Mary’s discussion with Sam regarding “dessert” an example of verbal irony?

5. What elements of the setting of “Lamb to the Slaughter” indicate the time period for the story?

6. What role does Sergeant Noonan play in the ultimate plot twist of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

7. How is the theme of passivity in “Lamb to the Slaughter” illustrated through Patrick’s character?

8. Whom does Mary call after “discovering” the body? What happens next in the story?

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

10. In examining “Lamb to Slaughter” from an anthropological view of identity, what do you think Dahl’s statement is about mankind?

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