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. The final comment made by the policemen in “Lamb to the Slaughter” relates to which literary element?

2. What does Mary resume doing after Patrick arrives home in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

3. What is Mary’s presumed reason for going to the store in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

4. What is described in the Thermos bucket in the opening of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

5. Patrick tells Mary after he’s finished his story, “So there it is. And I know it’s kind of” what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What conversation between Mary and Sergeant Noonan leads to the destruction of the evidence in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

2. What central injustices mark the narrative of “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. How is Mary’s discussion with Sam regarding “dessert” an example of verbal irony?

5. What is significant about O’Malley’s name in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

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

7. What action does Patrick commit in “Lamb to Slaughter” to propel the action of the story forward?

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

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

10. How does the theme of betrayal apply to “Lamb to Slaughter”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Irony in “Lamb to the Slaughter”

a. Define dramatic, situational, and verbal irony. What are examples of each in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

b. Why do you think the author employs irony in “Lamb to the Slaughter”? What are the effects of the irony employed?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the historical context of “Lamb to the Slaughter.” Consider how the story relates to its time period in terms of societal, political, cultural, and technological aspects. Do you think the story effectively reflects the time period in which it is set? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Define “symbolism” in narrative literature and identify examples of symbolism in “Lamb to the Slaughter.” Symbolism can extend beyond objects and include characters and setting. How is the setting of the story symbolic? What do you think Mary and Patrick might be seen to symbolize?

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