The Best of Roald Dahl Test | Mid-Book 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 is William's last name?

2. What does Stag choose to find in Cairo to keep busy?

3. How does Mr. Boggis get people to trust him?

4. Why does Edward's wife think the cat is a reincarnated musician?

5. How does the cat respond to music played by Chopin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Klausner ask Scott to do for the tree, and what is Scott's response to this?

2. What does the South American man do to prepare for the bet?

3. In "The Way Up to Heaven," what does Mrs. Foster realize when she returns from her trip to France?

4. How does Mike and his daughter respond to the news that Richard cheated in the bet?

5. What bet did the South American man make with the sailor in "Man From the South?"

6. How did Mike cheat in the bet, and how was this discovered?

7. Why does Stuffy call Madame Rosette in the first place?

8. What is the one thing that makes Mrs. Foster worry?

9. Why does Louisa think the cat in "Edward the Conqueror" is a reincarnated musician?

10. Why does Mr. Boggis do much of his business in the country in "Parson's Pleasure?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mental illness was a huge theme in many of these stories. What were some prime examples of this, and what messages were being sent in these stories?

Essay Topic 2

Roald Dahl includes some ingenious forms of irony in these stories. What are some of these examples, and how does this ironic nature affect the plot of the stories?

Essay Topic 3

Compassion and empathy are themes present in a number of these stories. What are some of the best examples of these themes, and how did the presence of these themes affect the outcome of those stories?

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