The Penguin Complete Saki Test | Final 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 did the Baroness say that she is going to do to Amalie after the new year festivities have ended?

2. Who does Francesca run into at a shop entrance near Piccadilly and Bond?

3. What "system" does Hell lack?

4. What bird builds their nests in the "battered remnants" of a poplar tree?

5. To whom does James Cushat-Prinkley plan on proposing to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does poultry farmer consider to be the one draw back of eggs?

3. What does Dimitri plan to do because of his illness? ("The Death Trap.")

4. What happens when Bidderdale arrives in Hell?

5. What does Francesca pride herself on?

6. Why is there no system of reward in Hell?

7. What actually happened to Mrs. Umberleigh in "The Disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh"?

8. Why were the magpies restricted to where they could build their nests? ("Birds on the Western Front.")

9. Where does Jane lose her niece Louise?

10. What is Francesca's most prized possession?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Many of Saki's texts seem to have an unbelievable or an outrageous meaning. Which of the stories did you find the most unbelievable or outrageous? Why? What, specifically, gave the story its outrageous storyline?

Essay Topic 3

Saki seemed to disregard children. In many of the stories, Saki's attitude toward children seemed to one of disregard. Do you agree? Why? Do you disagree? Why? Be sure to include textual evidence to support your stand.

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