The Landlady Test

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  • 1. 

    1. When Billy arrives in Bath, he —

    • A.

      does not have a job

    • B.

      Does not have a place to stay

    • C.

      Has plenty of money

    • D.

      Looks for entertainment

    Correct Answer
    B. Does not have a place to stay
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "does not have a place to stay" because the question is asking about Billy's situation when he arrives in Bath. The other options are not mentioned in the question and cannot be inferred from the given information.

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  • 2. 

    2. What seems inviting to Billy when he looks through the windowof the old house?

    • A.

      He sees a dachshund lying in front of the fireplace.

    • B.

      He imagines they serve watery cabbage.

    • C.

      He sees the landlady drinking a cup of tea

    • D.

      He doesn’t see a greedy landlady.

    Correct Answer
    A. He sees a dachshund lying in front of the fireplace.
    Explanation
    Billy is enticed by the sight of a dachshund lying in front of the fireplace when he looks through the window of the old house. This suggests that Billy finds the presence of the dog appealing and it adds to the inviting atmosphere of the house.

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  • 3. 

    3. What prevents Billy from going on to the Bell and Dragon pub?

    • A.

      He is transfixed by the sign that says “Bed and Breakfast.”

    • B.

      The landlady opens the door and invites him in.

    • C.

      A passerby tells him the Bell and Dragon isn’t nice

    • D.

      He is too tired to keep walking.

    Correct Answer
    A. He is transfixed by the sign that says “Bed and Breakfast.”
    Explanation
    Billy is prevented from going to the Bell and Dragon pub because he is captivated by the sign that advertises a "Bed and Breakfast" establishment. This suggests that he is drawn to the idea of finding accommodation for the night rather than continuing to the pub.

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  • 4. 

    4. The landlady explains that there are no other guests because —

    • A.

      Of the war

    • B.

      There is only one room available

    • C.

      She is very particular and choosy

    • D.

      She can’t stand too much commotion

    Correct Answer
    C. She is very particular and choosy
    Explanation
    The landlady explains that there are no other guests because she is very particular and choosy. This suggests that the landlady has high standards and only accepts guests who meet her specific criteria. She may prefer to have fewer guests in order to maintain a certain level of exclusivity or to ensure that the atmosphere of the establishment remains to her liking. This explanation implies that the landlady is selective in her choice of guests and prefers quality over quantity.

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  • 5. 

     5. At first, Billy thinks that the landlady is —

    • A.

      very suspicious

    • B.

      slightly dotty and off her rocker

    • C.

      Lots of fun

    • D.

      Old and feeble

    Correct Answer
    B. slightly dotty and off her rocker
    Explanation
    Billy initially believes that the landlady is slightly dotty and off her rocker. This suggests that he perceives her as eccentric or strange in some way. This perception could be based on her unusual behavior or the way she interacts with him. It also implies that Billy may find her amusing or entertaining, as indicated by the phrase "lots of fun" in one of the other options. The description of the landlady as old and feeble does not align with Billy's initial perception of her as slightly dotty and off her rocker.

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  • 6. 

    6. What puzzles Billy about the landlady’s guest list?

    • A.

      He knows each of the previous guests.

    • B.

      All of the names on the guest list are men.

    • C.

      He is sure he has read the names in the newspaper.

    • D.

      He thinks that the guests were famous politicians.

    Correct Answer
    C. He is sure he has read the names in the newspaper.
    Explanation
    Billy is puzzled by the landlady's guest list because he is sure he has read the names in the newspaper. This suggests that the names on the guest list are familiar to him and he recognizes them from a previous source of information. This raises suspicion as it is unusual for a guest list to consist of names that have already been published in a newspaper, leading Billy to question the authenticity and motives of the landlady.

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  • 7. 

    7. How does the landlady distract Billy when he has almost figuredout who Christopher Mulholland is

    • A.

      By asking Billy about his job

    • B.

      By pointing out her stuffed animals

    • C.

      By flirting with Billy

    • D.

      By serving him tea with milk and sugar

    Correct Answer
    D. By serving him tea with milk and sugar
    Explanation
    The landlady distracts Billy by serving him tea with milk and sugar. This diversion shifts Billy's attention away from his thoughts about Christopher Mulholland and onto the tea. It creates a momentary interruption in his thinking process, allowing the landlady to maintain control of the conversation and prevent him from fully realizing the truth about Mulholland's fate.

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  • 8. 

    8. What is most likely to have happened if Billy had had more timeto remember what he knew about the two names?

    • A.

      He would have killed the landlady

    • B.

      He would not have drunk the tea.

    • C.

      He would have noticed the stuffed animals sooner.

    • D.

      He would have called the police.

    Correct Answer
    B. He would not have drunk the tea.
    Explanation
    If Billy had more time to remember what he knew about the two names, it is likely that he would not have drunk the tea. This is because he would have recalled the information about the landlady's previous guests who had disappeared and realized that there was something suspicious about her. By remembering this information, he would have been more cautious and avoided consuming anything that could potentially harm him.

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  • 9. 

    9. What do you think makes Billy’s tea taste strange?

    • A.

      Bitter almonds

    • B.

      Pickled walnuts

    • C.

      Poison

    • D.

      New leather

    Correct Answer
    C. Poison
    Explanation
    Billy's tea tastes strange because it has been poisoned.

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  • 10. 

    10. The point at which the reader can predict what will happen toBilly is when the landlady says —

    • A.

      That both Billy and Mulholland were seventeen

    • B.

      Mulholland and Temple haven’t left the bed and breakfast

    • C.

      Mulholland also liked his tea

    • D.

      That she stuffed her pets

    Correct Answer
    D. That she stuffed her pets
    Explanation
    The point at which the reader can predict what will happen to Billy is when the landlady says that she stuffed her pets. This suggests that the landlady has a sinister side and may harm Billy as well.

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  • 11. 

    11. Which phrase best describes foreshadowing?

    • A.

      The suspense in a story

    • B.

      Giving away a story’s ending

    • C.

      Clues that hint at what happened before the story began

    • D.

      Clues that hint at what will happen later in the story

    Correct Answer
    D. Clues that hint at what will happen later in the story
    Explanation
    Foreshadowing is a literary technique where the author provides subtle hints or clues about future events or outcomes in the story. These hints can be in the form of dialogue, imagery, symbols, or events that suggest what will happen later in the narrative. Foreshadowing adds depth and anticipation to the story, allowing readers to make predictions and engage more deeply with the plot. It is different from giving away the story's ending, as it only provides subtle suggestions rather than outright revealing the outcome.

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  • 12. 

    12. Which of the following examples 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 walking along . . . .”

    • C.

      "Each word [of the sign] was like a large black eye staring at him through the glass . . . .”

    • D.

      “There wasn’t a blemish on his [Mulholland’s] body . . . . His skin was just like a baby’s.”

    Correct Answer
    B. “There were no shops on this wide street that he was walking along . . . .”
    Explanation
    The given answer is not an example of foreshadowing because it does not provide any hints or clues about future events or outcomes. Foreshadowing is a literary technique used to hint at what is to come in the story, creating suspense and anticipation for the reader. The other examples in the passage use descriptive language and comparisons to foreshadow potential dangers or significant events.

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  • 13. 

    13. The part of the story that describes Christopher Mulholland is the —

    • A.

      subplot

    • B.

      resolution

    • C.

      Climax

    • D.

      Conflict

    Correct Answer
    A. subplot
    Explanation
    The part of the story that describes Christopher Mulholland is the subplot. A subplot is a secondary storyline that runs parallel to the main plot and involves different characters or events. In this case, Christopher Mulholland's story is not the main focus of the narrative but serves as a supporting narrative that adds depth and complexity to the overall plot.

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  • 14. 

    14. How is the climax of the story resolved?

    • A.

      The readers do not know what happens to Billy.

    • B.

      The landlady comforts Billy with a smile.

    • C.

      Readers can only assume that Billy will meet the same fate as Temple and Mulholland.

    • D.

      Readers find out that the landlady is an insane killer.

    Correct Answer
    C. Readers can only assume that Billy will meet the same fate as Temple and Mulholland.
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that the climax of the story is resolved by leaving the readers uncertain about what happens to Billy. The mention of Temple and Mulholland implies that they had a negative fate, and the readers can only assume that Billy will face a similar outcome.

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  • 15. 

    CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE (20 points) 15. When does this story’s climax occur? Write a response that discusses the most exciting point in the story—perhaps when you used the story’s foreshadowing to figure out what would happen to Billy. Finally, mention the event that would be your second choice for the story’s climax. On a separate piece of paper, write a paragraph that explains

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