The Reptile Room 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. Where does Klaus suggest Violet could get a job?

2. What does the narrator tell the reader can be imagined that all these unfortunate events are if they would like to put the book down?

3. What does Dr. Montgomery tell the children he has just finished making?

4. What does Mr. Poe tell the children they should address Dr. Montgomery as?

5. Who opens Violet's bedroom door?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Uncle Monty tell the children he wants to discuss with them outside in chapter four?

2. At the end of chapter ten how does Klaus explain the meaning of Sunny's exclamation 'Aha'?

3. What does Violet say that they are going in the Reptile Room for as she describes it in chapter nine?

4. Explain Mr. Poe and the children's conversation when they tell Mr. Poe goodbye and walk him to the car in chapter two.

5. Describe the lockpick that Violet had made.

6. Describe the situation in chapter twelve where Mr. Poe insists on seeing Stephano's leg.

7. What is Violet doing in the beginning of chapter eleven?

8. How does Mr. Poe's reaction to the escape of Count Olaf differ from that of the children?

9. Describe the first sight of Dr. Montgomery's house that the children get in chapter one?

10. What does Violet explain that Stephano intended to do after killing Dr. Montgomery?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe fear and the role it plays in the story. Is it possible that fear kept the children from unmasking Count Olaf earlier? Was Count Olaf ever shown to be afraid in the story? Explain your answer

Essay Topic 2

In what way do the Baudelaire children work together? Could they have defeated Count Olaf if they hadn't had each other? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The snake was thought of as a friend to the children and the children and the snake cried as they were separated.

1) How would the scene have been viewed differently if the creature had been something more accepted as a pet such as a puppy or a cat?

2) Why did the author chose a snake to be the only thing left to share the Baudelaire's tears?

3) What was the author's purpose in having the snake cry?

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