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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 invention does the Duchess believe to be the key to the recovery of the sunken treasure?

2. Which empire, according to Reginald, has problems with limits existing in the same place?

3. What happens to the young buzzards at the end of "The Forbidden Buzzards"?

4. What age was the Baroness at the time of "Esme"?

5. Who "harms" the buzzards at the end of "The Forbidden Buzzards"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were the magpies restricted to where they could build their nests? ("Birds on the Western Front.")

2. What does Esme do to the gypsy child?

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

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

5. What does Francesca pride herself on?

6. What does poultry farmer consider to be the one draw back of eggs?

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

8. What happens when Bidderdale arrives in Hell?

9. What does Saki say he will do about giving the poultry farmer a loan to get back his hens?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

None of the characters in the text were described in detail. Pieces of each character were given sporadically in a collaboration of different texts. Why do you think that Saki used this technique to create his characters? Support your hypothesis with at least three well-developed supporting statements

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Saki used a lot of animals in his texts. Why do you believe Saki used so many animals? How do you believe he felt about them? What could the animals represent for Saki? Does Saki give a favorable impression of animals or not? Why? Support your thoughts.

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