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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. What kind of restaurant is Cafe Salmonella?
(a) A theme restaurant.
(b) A dessert restaurant.
(c) An Italian restaurant.
(d) A hamburger restaurant.

2. When the Baudelaires reach the bottom of the staircase after listening at every apartment door, who do they see?
(a) Gunther.
(b) Esme.
(c) Jerome.
(d) The doorman.

3. According to the narrator, what does the phrase "dwarfed by comparison" not have to deal with?
(a) The phrase doesn't have anything to do with children.
(b) The phrase doesn't have anything to do with dwarves.
(c) The phrase doesn't have anything to do with comparisons.
(d) The phrase doesn't have anything to do with dogs.

4. Which character is dressed in black riding boots, a pinstriped suit, and a monocle?
(a) The doorman.
(b) Count Olaf.
(c) Jerome.
(d) Esme.

5. Why does the narrator state the dictionary is more pleasant than reading this book?
(a) You can close the book when you want.
(b) There is no plot.
(c) You can skip to more pleasant words.
(d) There is no setting.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the narrator, what is one good part of the Baudelaires' living with the Squalors?

2. At the end of Chapter 4, how do the Baudelaire children feel about their situation?

3. According to Violet, which of their former guardians would have enjoyed eating salad?

4. Who are the orphans' new guardians?

5. According to the narrator, which of the two elements he mentions is a gas?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is revealed about Esme's character when she says, "Quickly, before anybody sees that this apartment is still dark!"

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

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

7. Why don't Esme and Jerome Squalor believe the children that Gunther is really Count Olaf?

8. Why is it important to know that Jerome Squalor could have adopted the Baudelaire children earlier but did not because orphans were not "in"?

9. What is the importance of the Baudelaire orphans' new guardians being named Squalor?

10. What role does the scene at Café Salmonella play in the overall plot of the story?

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