Lamb to the Slaughter Questions and Answers
What is an example of foreshadowing, setting, and direct characterization in "Lamb to the Slaughter"?
In Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter," what did Patrick tell Mary? Evidence from text? Why was it a bad time for Patrick to tell this to Mary? Where does it say she's pregnant? Provide evidence from the text.
Before the husband breaks the news, what three clues are there that this particular evening is going to be a break with routine?
How does Dahl describe Mary’s characteristics in "Lamb to the Slaughter"? What textual evidence does the author use to describe Mary and her house in order to achieve this effect?
How does Mary Maloney feel about her marriage at the beginning of the story "Lamb to the Slaughter"?
In the story "Lamb to the Slaughter," do you think the murder was "premeditated" or a "crime of passion" and why? Cite three pieces of evidence.
Before the husband breaks the news, name 3 clues indicating this evening is going to be a break with routine in "Lamb to the Slaughter"?
How does Mary's behavior at the grocery store contradict what happens earlier in "Lamb to the Slaughter"?
I have a thesis for the short story "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl: In the story, Mary Maloney, a good wife, becomes a murderer because of her husband's betrayal. I don't know if it is good or bad. Could you give me your comment? Thanks!
Describe the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Maloney in "Lamb to the Slaughter"? How do they get on with each other?
Explain black humour and dramatic irony with examples from the story "Lamb to the Slaughter"? How would you react in situations similar to that of the story?
In the context of the "Lamb to the Slaughter," what drives people to betray? How did love contribute to Mary Maloney's decision to violently attack her husband? Cite evidence from this text, your own experience, and other literature, art, or history in your answer.
Dahl does not tell us the exact details of what Patrick tells Mary. What can we infer that Patrick tells her?
What does the first paragraph of the story suggest about Mary Maloney's relationship with her husband?
Interpret the following sentence about Mary Maloney: “There was a slow smiling air about her, and about everything she did.”
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