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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 do the Quagmires tell the Baudelaire children on their first Friday at the school?

2. Who saves the Baudelaires from Carmelita Spats in the cafeteria?

3. What does Principal Nero say when the Baudelaires knock on his office door?

4. What is Principal Nero doing when the Baudelaire children walk into his office?

5. What does the narrator explain about Prufrock Preparatory School in its current state?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Quagmire and Baudelaire children talk about doing when they grow up in Chapter 4?

2. What is said about the picnic the children went on with their parents as they recall it in Chapter 6?

3. What does Nero tell the children while describing the shack they will be living in?

4. What do the Quagmire children tell the Baudelaire children that they will do in regards to Count Olaf in Chapter 5?

5. What do the children do when Coach Genghis walks into the office and says that he might really be Count Olaf in disguise?

6. Describe the food being served in the cafeteria.

7. Describe the story of Violet and Klaus going to the fair when their uncle entered a pig into the contest.

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

9. What happens when Sunny runs out of staples?

10. Describe what is found once the children get into the shack in Chapter 3.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What purpose does the narrator achieve by continually warning the reader to put the book down and that the story doesn't end happily? Do you continue to hope for a happy ending despite this warning? Explain why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

The series is considered dark and in some places has been banned for its morbid humor and negative view of adults.

Is this book appropriate for readers age 3rd to 4th grade? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The Baudelaire children seem to have a happy moment or two in this story, as they have in the other stories, although the stories always end rather sadly.

1) Would the stories seem different if it had ended at a point before Count Olaf showed up and the children were content with the Quagmire children? Explain.

2) Could the story have ended here rather than with Count Olaf kidnapping the Quagmires? Why?

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