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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 is the shape of Patrick’s mouth described in the beginning of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?
(a) Funny
(b) Large
(c) Small
(d) Obtuse

2. What look in Patrick’s eyes does Mary love, as described in the beginning of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?
(a) The intent, far look in his eyes
(b) The humble, keen look in his eyes
(c) The rambling, wide look in his eyes
(d) The specific, narrow look in his eyes

3. What is the presumed setting of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?
(a) Canada
(b) England
(c) The United States
(d) France

4. What murder weapon is used to kill Patrick in the story?
(a) A knife
(b) A gun
(c) A leg of lamb
(d) A crow bar

5. What happens to the murder weapon in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?
(a) It gets buried in the yard
(b) A dog runs off with it
(c) The policemen eat it
(d) It remains hidden in the basement

Short Answer Questions

1. What “unusual” thing does Patrick do after he arrives home in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

2. According to the narrator, “the detectives kept asking [Mary] a lot of questions. But they always treated her” how?

3. What is Mary’s presumed reason for killing her husband in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

4. Mary tells the police detectives that she was doing what when Patrick arrived home from work?

5. What does Mary say when the police pick up after she calls them?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mary’s character transform after hearing Patrick’s news in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

2. Who is Sam? What role does he play in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

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

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

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

6. How would you characterize Sergeant Noonan’s behavior toward Mary in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

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

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

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

10. How would you compare the style of “Lamb to the Slaughter” to other horror short stories?

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