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 narrator, in "Reginald's Rubaiyat," come to realize while they were in the bathroom?

2. Who does the condemned man fall in love with?

3. According to "The Blood-Feud of Toad-Water," what attribute do both hen-folk and women-kind both fail possess?

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

5. What does Reginald state is "an absurdly overrated affair"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Youghal state that he is not fond of Jews?

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

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

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

7. What happened to the birds during the first year of the battle? ("Birds on the Western Front.")

8. What were the demands of Mrs. Umberleigh's "captives" regarding her ransom? ("The Disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh.")

9. Why is Francesca considered "one of those women" that Fate had the best intentions for?

10. What does Esme do to the gypsy child?

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 research and study of Saki and his works, what did you learn about Saki as a person? What did his writing allow you to divulge about him? What kind of person do you see him to be? What are his characteristics? What do you believe were his strengths? His weaknesses? Why?

Essay Topic 3

What do you believe was the purpose of presenting Saki's works as a collection? Did the stories work off of each other? Did the collection allow you to understand the texts better? In what ways do you believe messages were lost given the collection is presented as a whole?

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