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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 long does Mr. Poe say the children have to wait to be able to use their family's money?

2. What does the theater troupe do when they are ready to have dinner?

3. What do the children see on the wall when they step into Count Olaf's house?

4. What is the only decoration in the children's room?

5. What does the peep hole on Count Olaf's door look like?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Baudelaire children's response when they first meet Justice Strauss.

2. How does Klaus' all night reading in Chapter 8 compare to how he used to stay up all night reading when his parents were alive?

3. In Chapter 3 after Klaus and Violet think about their parents what does Klaus suddenly begin yelling?

4. Explain the mood of the Baudelaire children in the beginning of Chapter 2 after they have learned of their parents' deaths.

5. What does a normal day entail for the children at Count Olaf's house as described early on in Chapter 3?

6. What is it that Violet's parents told her when they brought both Klaus, and later, Sunny, home from the hospital?

7. Describe the scene seen by the children at the beginning of Chapter 12 while they are standing back stage of the play.

8. What is Edgar and Albert's response when Mr. Poe tells the Baudelaire children that they are leaving the next day?

9. Explain what happens when Klaus talks back to Count Olaf in chapter four telling him that their family money can't be touched until Violet is of age.

10. What is the children's response in Chapter 1 when they hear that their parents have just died?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Sunny is an infant and although her presence causes many actions and reactions she doesn't have a very large role in the story.

1) Describe Sunny's personality.

2) How would the story have changed if there had been no Sunny?

3) How would the story have changed if Sunny had been much older?

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the story it is said that the children face an unknown future. Is their situation any better or safer at the end than it had been when they were living with Count Olaf? Explain. If the story had stopped here, and there had been no sequel, how would it have affected the reader's perception of what happens to the children long term?

Essay Topic 3

The law books seem to play a large role in Klaus' research. What is the purpose of the author using law books for Klaus' focus? What alternative could have been used for Klaus?

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