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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. With whom does Reginald regard with distrust in "Reginald at the Theater"?

2. What poetic device does Reginald use in the first line of his poem on peace?

3. What vessel is found during the search for sunken treasure?

4. Who does Emily bribe in order to get her deckchair next to the Major?

5. What kind of flower does Reginald place in the button-hole of his lounge coat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Francesca's most prized possession?

3. How is the Brogue listed in sale catalogs?

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

5. What does the National Peace Council say were inappropriate toys?

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

7. What is the legend surrounding the castle in "The Wolves of Cernogratz"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Loss was a major theme in many of the texts. But, for Saki as the author, the feeling of loss did not seem to affect him (or his characters). Describe at least three texts that illustrate loss, the character's reaction to the loss, and how you believe Saki felt about loss.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The section titled "The Square Egg" showed a very different side of Saki. Why do you think that the writings from this section were so different from the other sections? How did the happenings in Saki's life at this point change his writing? What seemed to be his focus?

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