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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 happens while the children sit in Violet's room?

2. What is the Reptile Room made out of?

3. What have the shrubs been cut to look like?

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

5. What does Uncle Monty teach the children not to give too much of to the Green Gimlet Toad

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Violet and Klaus doing while they are riding in the car to their new home?

2. Describe the animals and things in the Reptile Room.

3. Describe the situation when Dr. Montgomery tells the children to go find a room in his house?

4. Describe how life goes for the Baudelaire children for a week or so in chapter three?

5. What are the children thinking when Mr. Poe rings the bell at Dr. Montgomery's house?

6. Describe the arrival of Stephano in chapter three and the children's realization.

7. What tasks does Dr. Montgomery say must be done before they leave for Peru?

8. What are the children doing in chapter five when they go up to their bed rooms after dinner?

9. What does the narrator explain in chapter four will be another regret that the Baudelaire children will have when Uncle Monty gets home from picking up supplies?

10. In chapter one how is the life of the Baudelaire children summarized up to the point where they are driving to their new home with the unknown relative?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Count Olaf is the bad guy in the story.

1) In what ways is he a 'Criminal Mastermind' if any.

2) Is he smarter than the children?

3) Look at Count Olaf's personality. What are his strengths? What are his weaknesses?

Essay Topic 2

At the very end of the story the children compliment each other on the things that they were able to accomplish that eventually unmasked Count Olaf.

1) Was it necessary for the children to tell each other how well each of them did at this point?

2) Would it have been the same if they had said it before they went to sleep?

3) What purpose does an honest compliment serve to a person in a general sense? How does that compare to the compliment the children gave each other?

Essay Topic 3

What role do the adults take on in the story? In what ways is it a typical role? In what way is it atypical?

In what ways are the Baudelaire children's role typical? Not typical?

(see the answer keys)

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