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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 at the curve of the staircase on each floor?

2. Why does Esme believe that Gunther is who he claims to be?

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

4. How did the Baudelaire orphans' parents die?

5. What does Klaus hope his new guardians will have for him when he gets to the apartment?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is symbolic of Jerome sliding down the stairs and his laughter growing fainter the further he descends?

3. How does the author reinforce the absurdity of the "what's in and what's out"?

4. Why does Esme act strangely when Klaus asks her if Gunther took the elevator down from the penthouse?

5. Why are the references to the King of Arizona important to the story?

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

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

8. What is the significance of the trees that once made Dark Avenue "dark" being cut down once "light" is in?

9. Why do the Baudelaire children feel they sound "hopelessly spoiled" when discussing how disappointed they are with their pinstripe suit gifts from Esme?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the author's methods at the beginning of the novel set the tone?

Part 1) How does the address for the Baudelaire children's new home on Dark Avenue further the tone?

Part 2) How does the cutting down of the trees once "light" is "in" help secure the tone of dread and gloom?

Part 3) How does the shadow that falls over the children at the end of Chapter 3 further the tone of dread?

Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The adults in "The Ersatz Elevator" are not very responsible. What effect does this have on the Baudelaires and the Quagmires, orphans who seek and, in some instances, rely on adults to ensure their safety? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

How is irony used throughout the novel? Cite different examples of irony and describe whether the use of irony is effective (or not effective) to the overall storyline. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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