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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 Violet have to drop in order to take Klaus' hand?

2. What does Count Olaf say that he wants to use the children's money for?

3. Who does Violet say they should go see?

4. What does Violet suggest she can do to help with Count Olaf's play?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter 6 what is the children's response to the breakfast that Count Olaf makes?

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

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

6. What does Violet mean when she says that Mr. Poe was like the executioner in Chapter 1?

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

8. What events do the children remember while talking about Violet burning the toast in Chapter 3?

9. What does Mr. Poe tell the children when they say that Count Olaf is a terrible guardian and explain Count Olaf's behavior in Chapter 5?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

The children are trying to think up ways out of the tower and come up with several odd possibilities but nothing that will work.

1) What does it say about the children and their knowledge that they are able to come up with Molotov cocktails and polygamy?

2) What would you have done if you were in their position?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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