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 is wrong with Vanessa Pennington's husband?

2. What instruments announces Mrs. Packletide's successful kill?

3. At the opening of "The Match-Maker," what time is it?

4. Why does one go to the Academy?

5. Who does the Major flatter with attention to make Emily jealous?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is the Brogue listed in sale catalogs?

4. Why does Clovis state that Hugo Peterby is at Mrs. Olston's home?

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

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

7. Why is Mrs. Mullet unhappy that Mr Penricarde had purchased the Brogue?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The section titled "The Square Egg" showed a very different side of Saki. Why do you think that the writings from this section were so different from the other sections? How did the happenings in Saki's life at this point change his writing? What seemed to be his focus?

Essay Topic 2

Saki used many literary techniques in his writing. Chose a literary technique that you believe was prevalent in many of the texts. Describe Saki's use of the technique in at least three of his stories. What is the technique? What was the story? How was it used?

Essay Topic 3

Given that Saki is male, and many of his main characters are male, what do you think Saki prided men upon? Do you think that he held a patriarchal idea in regard to society? Why/Why not? Support your answer using a combination of hypothetical and textual reasoning.

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