“Lamb to the Slaughter” Quiz
Answer each question to the best of your ability. Make sure to read the directions prior to completing each
section of the quiz. 20 points.
Multiple Choice: Plot Identification Questions
Circle the best answer for each question. Each question is worth ONE point. 10 points.
1. What detail tells the reader that something is disturbing Patrick?
a. He is quiet when he comes home. c. His hands are shaking.
b. He drinks his whiskey in one gulp. d. He clears his throat often.
2. What news does Patrick deliver to Mary at the beginning of the story?
a. He’s divorcing her. c. He hates his job.
b. He bought a new car. d. He wants her to make dinner.
3. What is Patrick most concerned about when he delivers his news?
a. His wife’s condition. c. His job.
b. The baby that’s on the way. d. That his wife might kill him.
4. What is Mary’s initial reaction to Patrick’s news?
a. She wants to hug Patrick. c. She thinks about her baby.
b. She wants to make supper. d. She runs out the door.
5. What excuse does Mary give the grocer for why she is buying supper?
a. Patrick is tired and doesn’t want to eat out. c. Patrick enjoys eating her food.
b. They ran out of food to cook with. d. She is starting her own Food Network show.
6. How can the reader tell that the police suspect Mary to be the killer?
a. They finger print her. c. Someone questions the grocer she saw earlier.
b. They drink her whiskey. d. They ask her to leave the room.
7. How are the police doing Mary a favor by eating the leg of lamb?
a. Because it would go to waste. c. To show their respect of Patrick
b. They are eating the evidence. d. So she can sit and relax.
8. In what point of view is this story being told?
a. Third person limited omniscient c. Third person
b. Third person omniscient d. First person
Be sure to be specific when answering each of these questions. Explain each question in detail and use
examples when necessary.
For each quote, identify the type of irony used and explain how the quote is ironic. 6 points.
9. “And in the other room, Mary Maloney began to giggle.”
10. “All right, she told herself. So I’ve killed him.”
11. “’Probably right under our very noses. What do you think, Jack?’”
12. What symbol represents Mary’s status in the story? Explain how she fits represents this symbol. 2
13. What is Roald Dahl’s purpose/message in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?
14. How does Dahl communicate his purpose in “Lamb to the Slaughter”?