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 kind of dog does the English gamekeeper believe can drive birds from their nests?

2. What does the London paper state boys should not be given as toys?

3. What gift does Harvey Bope give to his nephews on Easter?

4. At the end of "The Infernal Parliament," what letter does the Fiend state is missing?

5. Where is an exhibition of proper toys to be displayed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was to happen on the day that Mrs. Umberleigh disappeared?

2. What news does James Cushat-Prinkly have for his family at the end of "Tea"?

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

4. What do some of the boys tell Lancelot Chetrof his punishment will be for missing football practice?

5. What gifts does Harvey give to his nephews?

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

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

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

9. What does Dr. Stronetz do that spares Dimitri from being murdered? ("The Death Trap.")

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

Write a full analysis on one of the texts. Imagine that you are writing the analysis for a newspaper or magazine article. Focus analysis on character, theme, literary devices, hidden meaning, etc.

Essay Topic 2

Many of Saki's characters are not fully developed characters. They are actually both flat and static characters. Discuss why you believe Saki used flat and static characters in his texts. Create a hypothesis, at least three supporting ideas, and fully develop your argument in favor of your hypothesis.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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