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. Whom had the best intentions for Francesca, but never would "carry them into practice"?

2. According to the Baroness Gruebel , what will happen if someone is to die in the castle?

3. Who owns the hen that "The victim of war" spoke of?

4. What bird, according to "Birds on the Western Front," is attracted to the rats and mice?

5. What kind of chickens does Merla Blathington's sister hatch?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Francesca's most prized possession?

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

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

6. What does Francesca pride herself on?

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

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

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

10. What does Saki say he will do about giving the poultry farmer a loan to get back his hens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters Reginald and Clovis. Are these the same character, just given different names? How are the characters similar? How are they different? How could they be seen as mirror-images or foils?

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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