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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 Count Olaf tell the children about the fruit in their bowls?

2. What kind of dish do the children decide on for Count Olaf and his troop?

3. Who do the children see coming towards them?

4. What do the children do to figuratively escape Count Olaf's home?

5. What does Justice Strauss say that her case in the High Court was about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

3. What is Count Olaf's reaction upon learning they are not having roast beef?

4. Describe the children's sleeping conditions at Count Olaf's home.

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Mr. Poe treat the children while they are trying to talk to him in Chapter 5?

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

Mr. Poe says he cannot leave the Baudelaire children with Justice Strauss because she is not a relative.

1) Is Mr. Poe right to refuse the children's home with Justice Strauss? Explain.

2) Is a person's will so sacred that it should be followed at the expense of those living? Explain.

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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