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

2. One of the policemen says to Mary, “It’s the old story. Get the weapon, and you’ve got” what?
(a) The answers
(b) A good lead
(c) More questions
(d) The man

3. Mary is said to be the wife of what after killing her husband?
(a) A philanthropist
(b) A detective
(c) A saint
(d) A gentleman

4. Where does Mary exit the home after killing Patrick?
(a) Through the front door
(b) Through the front window
(c) Through the back door
(d) Through the cellar door

5. How are Mary’s eyes described in the story?
(a) Beady
(b) Slanted
(c) Large
(d) Small

Short Answer Questions

1. Mary overhears the police detective telling another that the store clerk said Mary’s behavior was what?

2. What time does the clock say when Mary begins to listen for her husband’s arrival in the beginning of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

3. Where does Mary tell the police officer on the phone that Patrick is when she calls them?

4. How does Mary reenter her home after going to the store?

5. One of the police detectives asks Mary if anything in the house could have been used as a weapon and if she will take a look around to see if anything is missing. What items does he suggest?

Short Essay Questions

1. After the murder has been committed, what is Mary’s central objective in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

2. What symbolism surrounds the murder weapon in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

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

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

5. What central injustices mark the narrative of “Lamb to Slaughter”?

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

7. How is Mary’s transformation metaphorically depicted in her descent into the cellar?

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

9. At what point in the story is Mary’s sense of identity shattered? What does she do to regain her sense of identity?

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

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