The Landlady By Roald Dahl

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The Landlady Quizzes & Trivia

Revision questions based on the content of this story. Reread the story if necessary.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The boys who stayerd at the Landlady's bed and breakfast were Mr. Mulholland, Mr. Temple and Drioli.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Billy was a tiny bit frightened of boarding-houses. The word itself __________ up images of watery  _____________, ____________ landladies, and a powerful of ________________ in the __________ -room.
  • 3. 
    What is the theme of the story?
    • A. 

      Mankind is greedy

    • B. 

      Appearances are deceptive

    • C. 

      Mankind is corrupt

  • 4. 
    How old is the landlady?
    • A. 

      40 - 50 years

    • B. 

      45 - 60 years

    • C. 

      30 -40 years

    • D. 

      45 - 50 years

  • 5. 
    Identify the following literary devices: "The old girl is slightly dotty".
    • A. 

      Oxymoron

    • B. 

      Hyperbole

    • C. 

      Personification

    • D. 

      Metaphor

    • E. 

      Synechdoche

  • 6. 
    Who is the protagonist?
    • A. 

      The landlady

    • B. 

      Billy Weaver

    • C. 

      Christopher Mulholland

    • D. 

      Gregory Temple

  • 7. 
    Describe what verbal irony is and give an example from the story. Verbal irony is when characters _______________ one  thing but ___________ something else. The landlady says that the ________  _____________ "comes right through this window." She does not actually mean for Billy to see the morning sun the _____ day.
  • 8. 
    Give an example of an oxymoron from the story. She seemed ________  __________.
  • 9. 
    How does the author ceate suspense in this short story? In this story Billy almost remembers something about ___________, but the landlady ______________ him - _____________, _____________ Billy's line of thought
  • 10. 
    What does the taste of  the almonds symbolise in the story?
    • A. 

      The taste of cookies at tea time

    • B. 

      Cyanide

    • C. 

      Poisoning

  • 11. 
    Foreshadowing is the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in the story. Tick all the examples of foreshadowing in the following boxes.
    • A. 

      The landlady smells of a hospital.

    • B. 

      Billy arrives in Bath.

    • C. 

      The landlady is a taxidermist.

    • D. 

      Her red fingernails refers to the arsenic she has used and which left her fingers raw.

    • E. 

      The two boys whose names were in the guest book in the guestbook were missing/dead.

  • 12. 
    "...everything is always ready..." What preparations had the landlady made for Billy's stay at the bed and breakfast? Tick the correct options.
    • A. 

      She welcomed him warmly.

    • B. 

      A warm water bottle was between the sheets.

    • C. 

      The bedspread had been removed.

    • D. 

      She accompanied him to his bedroom.

    • E. 

      She is hospitable and friendly.

    • F. 

      She keeps up the flow of conversation.

  • 13. 
    Why was the landlady sure that Billy would stay at her bed and breakfast? Tick the appropriate answer.
    • A. 

      Because the light glowing in the window was cosy.

    • B. 

      Because the BED and BREAKFAST sign in the window was welcoming

    • C. 

      Because she was expecting him.

    • D. 

      Because the rates of her lodgings was the lowest.

  • 14. 
    When did Billy realise that the animals in the room was stuffed?
    • A. 

      When he entered the BED and BREAKFAST.

    • B. 

      When he touched them.

    • C. 

      While they were drinking tea.

    • D. 

      When he fell over them.

  • 15. 
    The landlady was very interested in Billy's appearance and even referred to his beautiful teeth. What was Billy's reaction to this behaviour of the landlady?
    • A. 

      He was very flattered.

    • B. 

      He referred to the fillings in his teeth.

    • C. 

      He commented on the two names in the guest book which seemen familiar.

    • D. 

      He thought she was very observant but felt uncomfotable.

  • 16. 
    How did the landlady distract Billy when he had almost figured out who her previous guest were?
    • A. 

      By asking Billy about his job

    • B. 

      By pointing out her stuffed animals

    • C. 

      By offering him a cup of tea

    • D. 

      By complimenting him about his appearance.

  • 17. 
    When the landlady said "... I stuff all my pets.." she implied that the boys who stay at her lodgings were also her pets and that she stuff them too.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    In which ways did Billy resemble the landlady's previous guests?
    • A. 

      They were business men.

    • B. 

      They werer good looking and young

    • C. 

      They all had beautiful teeth.

    • D. 

      They were all well known.

  • 19. 
    Which phrase best describes the literary device "foreshadowing"?
    • A. 

      The suspense in the story

    • B. 

      Clues that hint at what happened before the story began

    • C. 

      Clues that hint at will happen later in the story.

  • 20. 
    Which one of the following quotes is not an example of foreshadowing?
    • A. 

      "The air was deadly cold and the wind was like a flat blade of ice."

    • B. 

      "There were no shops on this wide street that he was..."

    • C. 

      "Each word was like large black eye staring at him through the glass"

    • D. 

      "There wasn't a blemish on his body...his skin was like a baby's"

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