Read “The Guilty Vicarage,” by W. H. Auden. Then, write the answers to the following questions below. Make sure your answers are as complete as you can possibly make them



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The English Detective Story

“The Guilty Vicarage” Questions



Read “The Guilty Vicarage,” by W.H. Auden. Then, write the answers to the following questions below. Make sure your answers are as complete as you can possibly make them. This worksheet must be deposited in the drop box by the end of class in order to receive full credit. You are responsible for this material on the unit exam.


  1. Definition




  1. What is the basic formula for a ‘Whodunit’?

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  1. Explain the Aristotelian description of tragedy.

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  1. What one characteristic do Greek tragedy and the detective story have in common?

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  1. Why Murder




  1. What are the three classes of crime?

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  1. How is murder a unique crime that directly interests everyone?

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  1. The Milieu (Human)




  1. What does Auden mean by a “closed society” and why does a detective story require a closed society?

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  1. Why must the milieu “appear to be an innocent society in the state of grace”?

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  1. The Milieu (Natural)




  1. Why is the country preferable to the town for the setting of a detective story?

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  1. The Victim




  1. What are the two contradictory requirements that a victim must try to satisfy?

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  1. If there is more than one murder in a story, how should the second victim compare to the first?

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  1. The Murderer




  1. What end should a murderer come to once he is discovered?

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  1. Why is atonement important in the course of justice?

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  1. The Suspects




  1. Explain the four principal cause of guilt for suspects?

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VIII. The Detective


  1. Why must the detective be a total stranger and never be a legitimate suspect?

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  1. What makes Sherlock Holmes, Inspector French, and Father Brown “completely satisfactory detectives”?

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  1. What is Sherlock Holmes’ motive for being a detective?

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  1. What is one important difference between Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown?

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IX. The Reader


  1. What type of person is the typical detective story addict?

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  1. Why is it important that a reader of detective stories has a sense of humor?

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  1. What is the fantasy which the detective story addict indulges?

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