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

2. Who is the protagonist of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

3. Patrick is described as sitting how in a chair in the beginning of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

4. What are the first thoughts that Mary thinks after killing her husband?

5. Which object from “Lamb to the Slaughter” symbolizes “revenge”?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where in the story does the denouement take place? What happens in the denouement?

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

4. What is black humor? When did black humor rise in popularity in literature and entertainment?

5. What appear to be Patrick’s motivations and desires in “Lamb to Slaughter”?

6. How would you characterize the tone and mood of “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

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

8. Whose point of view does the narrative of “Lamb to Slaughter” revolve around?

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

10. After the murder has been committed, what is Mary’s central objective in “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 theme of betrayal in “Lamb to the Slaughter.” How is this theme illustrated through the actions of Mary and of Patrick? What symbolism does the author use to reinforce this theme? How does betrayal relate to the other prominent themes in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the significance of the names in “Lamb to the Slaughter.” Why do you think the author chooses these names for his characters? Is there symbolic significance to the names? What type of heritage do these names imply?

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