This test includes six multiple-choice questions, three of which are Part A / Part B questions, one short-essay question, and four extended-essay prompt options.
The following resources are included in this file.
- Before Testing Suggestions (includes a list of 4 tasks to complete during or after reading as well as a list of skills students need to know before taking this test) - Copy and paste the task list to a blank document and add your own clip art or other tasks / questions.
- Effects of Deception in "Lamb to the Slaughter" Discussion Questions (for students to discuss prior to testing) (PPT)
- PDF of test, key, and explanations
- Word document of test, key, and explanations
I set the teaching duration to three days because I believe the students need at least two days to read and analyze Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter." The third day is the testing day. My students are with me for 95 minutes, and many of them take at least 80 minutes to complete the test. They spend the first 10-15 minutes of our testing day discussing the effects of deception questions provided in the PPT. I show them this PPT just before testing to help with item number 7 on the test, the short-essay question. The PPT does not give them the answer to the short-essay question, but it does give them a starting point so that they have some clue as to what they might write.
A copy of the story is not included here, but there are many free copies found online. This test adheres to the original text. It does not adhere to abridged versions that eliminate some elements of the text. I say this because I've seen some free copies online that eliminate Patrick's drinking.