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 instruments announces Mrs. Packletide's successful kill?

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

3. What kind of buzzards does Mrs. Olsten say are nesting in her woods?

4. When, according to Reginald in "Reginald on the Academy", does one go to Heaven prematurely?

5. What have none of Marion Eggelby's children been brought up to play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Reginald want to write a poem on peace?

4. What happens to cause a rift between Dora and Jane?

5. What does the condemned man state is the reality of his punishment?

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

7. What begins the feud in "The Blood-Feud of Toad-Water"?

8. According to "Reginald on Christmas Presents," why are aunts a "difficult class to deal with"?

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

10. How is the Brogue listed in sale catalogs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Negligence was a theme that seemed to run rampant throughout the texts. Detail and describe three different instances where a character was negligent to react given the surroundings.

Essay Topic 2

What do you believe was the purpose of presenting Saki's works as a collection? Did the stories work off of each other? Did the collection allow you to understand the texts better? In what ways do you believe messages were lost given the collection is presented as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

Write a new introduction to the collection. Reread the Introduction (written in 1967) and create a new introduction. Follow the main ideas that the introduction writer used. This essay should encompass short, focused thoughts on each of the texts in the collection - much like the current introduction. This essay is meant to focus on the problems, concerns and highlights of the text for you as the reader.

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