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. Who bids a thousand dollars for Lot #50 at the In Auction?

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

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

4. What does the narrator say he would've done if he escaped from Gunther's plans?

5. What do the Baudelaires find at the end of the hallway once they'd gone down the elevator shaft?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is symbolic about the Baudelaire children rising up from the ashes?

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. Why is the definition of "idiosyncrasy" necessary for the reader to understand before reading the rest of Chapter 7?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Jerome Squalor and his wife, Esme. 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

What is the symbolism of the Squalors? Explain how the author uses Esme's crazy demands and actions to reveal aspects of her character and aspects of her husband's character, Jerome. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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