Lamb to the Slaughter: Theme & Analysis


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Lamb to the Slaughter was written by what author famous for his or her children's literature?

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1. Mary Maloney receives what unexpected news from her beloved husband, Patrick, in the story Lamb to the Slaughter?

2. The primary theme in Lamb to the Slaughter deals with how we:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your understanding of the theme and analysis of 'Lamb to the Slaughter,' a short story by a famous author. You will be quizzed on plot details and the main theme of the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following story elements:

  • Name of the author
  • What unexpected news Mary Maloney receives from her husband
  • Primary theme of the story
  • The type of comedy exemplified by the story
  • The murder weapon

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 black comedy
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the story's theme
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about 'Lamb to the Slaughter'

Additional Learning

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

  • Discuss an overview of the story
  • Review the main theme
  • Explore the use of mistaken identities
  • Learn about Dahl's use of black comedy