The Ersatz Elevator Test | Final 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. According to the narrator, what are idiosyncrasies?

2. While in the tiny room at the end of the ersatz rope, what does Klaus do when he sees Violet become upset?

3. What does Violet ask the man who is standing outside the trapdoor?

4. What is disconcerting about Esme's behavior after they exit the penthouse apartment?

5. What does Esme say at the In Auction that surprises Jerome?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Count Olaf's plan to move Quagmires out of the city and to get his hands on their sapphires?

2. How does Klaus convince Jerome to help them find the Quagmires without him knowing?

3. What is revealed about Esme Squalor in Chapter 10?

4. What happens to Sunny's character during Chapter 10?

5. The gentleman at the Baudelaire mansion fire claims that the site is haunted. What is the significance of him calling the Baudelaire ghosts?

6. How is the word "ersatz" used in Chapter 7?

7. During the Baudelaires' climb back up to the penthouse, they are encased in darkness. What is symbolic about their climb in the shadowy dark?

8. What is unique and strangely sad about the Squalor library?

9. What is the meaning of the red herring statue which is in Lot #48?

10. In what condition are the Quagmires discovered? What is the most important aspect of their condition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of the novel, the Baudelaire children are forced to climb a staircase in the darkness with randomly placed candles for small pockets of light. As they move up the staircase, they frequently come across others in apartment building, shadows behind closed doors that make occasionally make noises of life. How is this single scene a symbol of the Baudelaire children's past "shadows" and dread? 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

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.

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