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 does Klaus mean he says "The time isn't ripe for your invention"?

2. At the In Auction, who does Klaus try to convince that Gunther is Count Olaf in disguise?

3. According to the narrator, what do the Baudelaires feel as they climb the ersatz rope back to the penthouse?

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

5. What condition do the Baudelaires find the Quagmires?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is moving down the ersatz rope more difficult the second time for the Baudelaires?

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

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

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

6. Why does Esme continue to insist that Gunther left the penthouse apartment?

7. What do the children realize about Jerome Squalor as they reach the Veblen Hall and are confronted with Gunther?

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

9. 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?

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

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 does the author use personification throughout the novel? Describe instances of personification and whether the use of personification is effective to the overall plot of the story.

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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