The Penguin Complete Saki Test | Mid-Book 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 present does Reginald not want at all for Christmas?

2. What responsibility do the Saunderses have based upon "Fate"?

3. What was the Duchess preparing notes on to speak about at the Club?

4. How much does Mrs. Packletide offer to a village to have the opportunity to shoot a tiger?

5. What does the condemned man come across on a dark and lonely highway?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Clovis' idea for getting out of the sale of the Brogue?

2. What does Reginald state as the estimable qualities of Jews?

3. Why does Clovis believe that oysters are "more beautiful than any religion"?

4. How is the Brogue listed in sale catalogs?

5. In "The Innocence of Reginald," what two things does Reginald believe fail to go together?

6. Why does Mrs. Packletide believe that she needs to kill a tiger in India?

7. Why is Reginald trying to "forgive the furniture"?

8. Why did Reginald refuse to learn Russian geography at school?

9. Name at least two things that the narrator finds offensive that Reginald does at the McKillops' garden party.

10. According to the Baroness, in "Esme," what does poverty do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Loss was a major theme in many of the texts. But, for Saki as the author, the feeling of loss did not seem to affect him (or his characters). Describe at least three texts that illustrate loss, the character's reaction to the loss, and how you believe Saki felt about loss.

Essay Topic 2

Based upon the texts, how do you think Saki felt about women? Do you think that he held very specific stereotypes regarding women? Do you think that he created female characters that were different from women in society during his time? What attributes did Saki give his female characters? Are these characteristics that are normally assigned to women?

Essay Topic 3

Many of Saki's writings included some type of humor. Humor seemed to be a way for Saki to engage the reader in an otherwise mundane storyline. Find three examples of humor in a text that depended upon humor. Explain why the humor was necessary, what type of humor was used and what the result of the humor had on the text itself.

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