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. Who is bitten by a dog that is assumed to have rabies?

2. Whose identity does the condemned man, in "The Lost Sanjak," assume?

3. Where does Arlington Stringham tell his joke?

4. What, according to Clovis' host, is "becoming a habit" with Clovis?

5. What does Reginald state is "an absurdly overrated affair"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Esme do to the gypsy child?

2. What happens when Mrs. Packletide shot at the tiger?

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

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

5. What does Clovis do to insure that Jane has left before Dora shows up at his home?

6. What happens as a result of the feud in Toad-Water?

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

8. What does Reinald say one comes to know at a host's home?

9. What does Reginald state about hors d'oeuvres?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Irony in most of the texts is very prevalent. Detail and describe at least three different ironic elements of the text. What happened? Why was it ironic? Why did irony serve important in the text?

Essay Topic 2

Many of Saki's characters are not fully developed characters. They are actually both flat and static characters. Discuss why you believe Saki used flat and static characters in his texts. Create a hypothesis, at least three supporting ideas, and fully develop your argument in favor of your hypothesis.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters Reginald and Clovis. Are these the same character, just given different names? How are the characters similar? How are they different? How could they be seen as mirror-images or foils?

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