Lamb to the Slaughter Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many police officers initially arrive after Mary calls the police?

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

3. What does Mary tell the police detectives she went to the store to buy when they question her?

4. One of the policemen says to Mary, “It’s the old story. Get the weapon, and you’ve got” what?

5. How is the shape of Patrick’s mouth described in the beginning of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the author portray women and men differently in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

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

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

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

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

8. What actions does Mary plot on her way home from the store? How do these actions play out?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define “foreshadowing” in narrative literature and identify examples of foreshadowing in “Lamb to the Slaughter.” What actions, events, and descriptions in the opening pages of the story indicate that a murder will take place? What purpose does the foreshadowing serve in the story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the dialect and language style of the short story. What have critics and literary experts written about Dahl’s language style in his writing? Do you think that given the language style, this story could be set elsewhere? How would the story appear if recreated with a contemporary Chicago dialect?

Essay Topic 3

The climax of the story could be said to be when Mary kills Patrick. What indications show that this might be the case? What indications show that the climax happens elsewhere in the story? What risks does Mary face by calling the police? How are her actions justified?

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