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 asks Clovis if he was a matchmaker?

2. What does Reginald want to write a book about?

3. According to the Princess, what do Russians have too much of to allow them to be light-hearted?

4. According to Reginald, who is never taught at a young enough age, about quality Christmas presents?

5. What does Reginald threaten the narrator with, for being rude, in "Reginald on the Academy"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What, according to Clovis, is different about his mother getting married "this time"?

2. What problem does Vanessa Pennington have in "Cross Currents"?

3. Why does Clovis believe that his mother needs to get married?

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

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

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

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

8. What does the outing to kill a tiger actually cost Mrs. Packletide?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 people have believed that Saki placed himself in all, or many, of his texts as a main character. Create a hypothesis stating whether or not you believe Saki injected himself in his texts and what the purpose served for Saki. (Do you think that he was creating himself as the person he wished to be, the person he was, or as a mask?) Support your answer completely.

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