Lamb to the Slaughter: Summary, Setting & Characters


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Which of these is NOT a character in Roald Dahl's Lamb to the Slaughter?

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1. Mary Maloney is surprised by what bit of unexpected news in Lamb to the Slaughter?

2. In Lamb to the Slaughter, what does Mary do after killing Patrick with the frozen leg of lamb?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your understanding of Roald Dahl's short story 'Lamb to the Slaughter.' You will be quizzed on plot details and the main literary device used in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment tools will quiz you on the following details of the story:

  • The names of the characters
  • What unexpected news surprises Mary Maloney
  • What Mary does after killing her husband
  • Patrick Maloney's profession
  • The term for the literary device used in the story in which one word or phrase conveys two meanings
  • The time period the story is set in

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on 'Lamb to the Slaughter'
  • Making connections - understand the concept of double entendre
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding 'Lamb to the Slaughter'
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the story

Additional Learning

To learn more about this short story, review the corresponding lesson on 'Lamb to Slaughter' Summary, Setting, and Characters. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review a brief synopsis of the story
  • Discuss the main characters
  • Learn about the setting of the story