The Bad Beginning Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 the hook-handed man say the three orphans will have to do that night?

2. What does Klaus rip a paper into pieces for while he reads?

3. What is it that makes Violet try the grappling hook even after she has been injured?

4. Why did Klaus choose not to tell Violet that he had smuggled a book out of the library?

5. What does Violet create using her knot-tying skills and the strips of cloth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what Count Olaf says and Violet thinks when he is asking her if it would be so bad being married to him in Chapter 8?

2. What is Count Olaf's response in Chapter 8 when Klaus calls him a terrible man?

3. What is described as the difference between the reasons that the Baudelaire children read the books and the reasons that lawyers read law books in Chapter 7?

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

5. Describe the play as Klaus recounts it in chapter twelve while he is watching Count Olaf's performance.

6. Describe what makes Violet's plan risky and dangerous.

7. Describe the grappling hook that Violet creates to attempt a rescue in Chapter 8.

8. Describe the scene in Chapter 8 where Count Olaf walks the children out to see where Sunny is being held.

9. Describe the scene where Violet is walking down the stairs to do the play, The Marvelous Marriage, in Chapter 11.

10. Describe how Count Olaf compares the children to a stubborn mule in Chapter 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Count Olaf seems to have a large following in his acting troupe. Why is he able to command so much loyalty? Why are Justice Strauss, Mr. Poe and seemingly every other adult taken in by his rouse?

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

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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