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 does the condemned man, in "The Lost Sanjak," want as consolation?

2. What food passion does the Royal duchess have?

3. Who lives at Toad-Water?

4. Who does Sturridge "believe" Jane to be?

5. Who does Marion Eggelby state that Clovis would like (one of her children)?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Esme do to the gypsy child?

6. What is the "only consolation" that the condemned man asks for?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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