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 responsibility do the Saunderses have based upon "Fate"?

2. What is the name of the family who lose their child in "The Quest"?

3. Who does Mrs. Packletide hit when she fires off her gun?

4. Who lives at Toad-Water?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. While looking for buried treasure, what does Vasco find?

3. What gifts does Harvey give to his nephews?

4. Why does Merla Blathington love Bond Street?

5. What is the last action in "The Death Trap"?

6. What is Francesca's most prized possession?

7. According to the Duchess in "Reginald at the Theater," what are the things "you can't get away from"?

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

9. Why were there so many barn owls on the fighting line? ("Birds on the Western Front.")

10. What does the poultry farmer say that he has done to solve the round problem of eggs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Many of Saki's writings included some type of humor. Humor seemed to be a way for Saki to engage the reader in an otherwise mundane storyline. Find three examples of humor in a text that depended upon humor. Explain why the humor was necessary, what type of humor was used and what the result of the humor had on the text itself.

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