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 vessel is found during the search for sunken treasure?

2. What "kind" of child does the Baroness come across during her ride?

3. Who asks Clovis if he was a matchmaker?

4. What does the condemned man come across on a dark and lonely highway?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What happens as a result of the feud in Toad-Water?

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

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

How did Saki's life translate into his writings? What personal attributes did he use to create his characters? Name and define at least three personal attributes and the parallel to the character.

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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