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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 children do to figuratively escape Count Olaf's home?

2. What does Violet do when she is thinking about inventions?

3. What does Count Olaf ask for when he enters the kitchen?

4. What does Klaus wear that makes him look smart?

5. What does Olaf say he is doing when the theater troupe arrives?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the bald man do before he joins Olaf and the others in the dinning room?

2. What does Violet suggest they do in Chapter 5 while they are chopping wood? What is Klaus' reaction?

3. How does Count Olaf's house look when the children first see it?

4. In Chapter 3 what is explained by the narrator when Klaus says he hopes the person knocking on the door is someone to visit them?

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

6. Describe the scene after Olaf and his troupe leave the house to go to their performance.

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

8. Describe how the story of the Baudelaire children is introduced.

9. What is the children's response to Count Olaf when they first meet?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Violet and Klaus are the two main characters pitted against Count Olaf. Compare the characters of Klaus and Violet to that of Count Olaf. Does Count Olaf have any good qualities? Do the children have any bad ones? Imagine their roles are reversed, then explain how the story might play out.

Essay Topic 2

Why is the symbol of an eye chosen to be used in Count Olaf's house and on his ankle? What does this image convey to the children? To the reader?

Essay Topic 3

Take a closer look at Justice Strauss.

1) Why did she take to the children so quickly? Why did she offer to come let them live with her?

2) Why did the children not try to tell her about how they were being treated? Would she have believed them?

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