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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 does Klaus do in order to comfort Violet as they are walking in the Prufrock Preparatory School?

2. What does Carmelita tell the children it is traditional to give a special messenger?

3. What did the children have to eat with their hands when they went on a picnic with their parents and forgot the silverware?

4. What does Mr. Poe say the buildings look like?

5. To tell the size what is it that the Biggest Lasagna Contest winner was compared to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Principal Nero tell the children about his life and being principal?

2. Why does Klaus not accuse Coach Genghis of being Count Olaf when Coach Genghis enters in Chapter 6?

3. Describe what Violet is thinking about in Chapter 1 as they are walking towards the school for the first time.

4. How does the narrator describe the words 'hee hee hee' to the reader as the Baudelaire children hear them in the end of Chapter 2?

5. Explain the narrator's discussion about triptychs and the one he has and the one he would make to signify the Baudelaire children.

6. How is Principal Nero's sonata in Chapter 5 described?

7. Describe the food being served in the cafeteria.

8. Describe the scene as the Baudelaire children are told to leave Nero's office in Chapter 2.

9. Describe the scene in Principal Nero's office where the children are trying to act like they are joking about Coach Genghis' outfit being a disguise.

10. What does Mr. Poe tell the children as they walk up to the Prufrock Preparatory School?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do the Quagmires insist on being called triplets even though their brother is dead, leaving only the two of them?

Is it more appropriate to call them twins than triplets? Explain your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Emotions run high in the story.

1) Explain the emotions and the role that they play in the story.

2) In what way do the Baudelaire children and the Quagmire children mirror real life children emotionally given the situation. In what ways are they different?

Essay Topic 3

The Baudelaire and Quagmire children felt that they had no options left when they decided to switch shoes.

What other options had been left open to them? What had they not thought of? Did they try everything given what is known about the series?

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