The Ersatz Elevator 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. When the Baudelaire children reach the Squalor penthouse apartment, what does the person who answers the door wear?

2. What is one of the things the Baudelaire children are afraid has happened since Gunther arrived?

3. During their dinner at Café Salmonella, what does Jerome tell the children he can't stand?

4. Who had been the Baudelaire orphans' first guardian?

5. What is Mr. Poe's job description?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the doorman telling the Baudelaire children and Jerome they can't go up to the penthouse until Gunther comes down?

2. What does the pinstripe suits being too big illustrate about Esme Squalor?

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

8. What does the Squalor's apartment say about their lives and their character?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Acceptance and rejection are major themes in "The Ersatz Elevator." Choose one of the characters (Gunther, Violet, Sunny, Klaus, Jerome or Esme Squalor) and analyze how he/she reacts to the acts of acceptance and rejection throughout the story. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The theme of what's in and out is prevalent throughout the novel. Select three of the major characters and explain how they experience the effects of in and out and acceptance. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the literal and symbolic use of the red herring in "The Ersatz Elevator." Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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