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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When the Baudelaire children reach the Squalor penthouse apartment, who answers the door?
(a) Mr. Squalor.
(b) Mrs. Squalor.
(c) Mr. Poe.
(d) Count Olaf.

2. What is one of the things the Baudelaire children are afraid has happened since Gunther arrived?
(a) Something dreadful has happened to the Quagmires.
(b) Something dreadful has happened to Mr. Poe.
(c) Something dreadful has happened to Esme.
(d) Something dreadful has happened to the doorman.

3. What does Klaus hope his new guardians will have for him when he gets to the apartment?
(a) Food.
(b) Flowers.
(c) Interesting books.
(d) A separate bedroom.

4. At Café Salmonella, what has replaced the flowers in the vases?
(a) Salmon.
(b) Candles.
(c) Incense.
(d) Air fresheners.

5. As Sunny is getting undressed, what is the one word she says that casts a long shadow over the Baudelaires?
(a) Leave me alone.
(b) Stop.
(c) Dog.
(d) Olaf.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why doesn't Jerome want to force Gunther to remove his boots?

2. When the Baudelaires reach the bottom of the staircase after listening at every apartment door, who do they see?

3. According to the narrator, what is an alternative meaning of 'mixed bag"?

4. How old is the oldest Baudelaire orphan?

5. While climbing the staircase, how often do Klaus and Violet take turns carrying Sunny?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the importance of the doorman's strange clothing?

2. What is the importance of the Baudelaire orphans' friends being named Quagmire?

3. Why does the narrator compare the Baudelaire children's experience at the Squalor's house as a mixed bag?

4. What is revealed about Esme when she comments that orphans are so "in" they ought to be in the In Auction?

5. What is ironic about Sunny saying "Hansel" and "Gretel" when the children are trying to come up with a way to search the penthouse and not get lost?

6. What does the narrator mean when he states " caramel candy, strawberry yogurt, and liquid carpet cleaner, if you eat too much of it you are not going to enjoy your meal"?

7. Why do the Baudelaire children lie about whether they are interested in or enjoy their presents from Esme?

8. What is the significance of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale to the Baudelaire's search for Gunther in the penthouse?

9. Why does Violet stop arguing with Esme about Gunther's true identity?

10. What is ironic about Mr. Poe telling the children about the staircase, "it's all uphill from here"?

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