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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. Who had been the Baudelaire orphans' first guardian?

2. According to the narrator, when is the best time for thinking?

3. According to Mr. Squalor, who did he hike up Mount Fraught with?

4. During dinner at Café Salmonella, what makes the Baudelaire children lose their appetites?

5. After arriving home from Café Salmonella, what kinds of noises do the children hear as they climb the stairs to the penthouse?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why doesn't Jerome continue to stand up for the children against Esme when he obviously notices they are alarmed at Gunther's appearance?

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

4. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does the term "ersatz" mean and how is it used throughout the novel? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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