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. What is everyone at the In Auction wearing?

2. What does Klaus say about myths?

3. Who caters the In Auction's food?

4. What do the Baudelaires do to the ceiling once they reach the dead end?

5. When the Baudelaires arrive at the In Auction, what lot are the people bidding on?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the importance of the doorman winning the big, red scarlet fish statue?

6. In what ways are the Baudelaire children's skills handy and useful in Chapter 7?

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

8. What is significant about the fact that the Baudelaire children have been in the darkness for so long their eyes take a long time to get used to the light?

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

10. What is odd about the doorman making bids at the In Auction?

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

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

What is the importance of the Baudelaire's parents' deaths? How does this event develop the orphans' characters? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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