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The Laboratory

The Laboratory


by Robert Browning

The Laboratory: Pestilent Potent Poisons Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Laboratory? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What color is the "soft phial" in line 15?

Q. Why isn't our speaker happy with the poison?

It doesn't taste right.
It smells like feet.
It's an unpleasant color.
It's too runny.
Q. What does the old man mix the poison in?

A bowl
A top hat
A mortar
A human skull
Q. Which items (among others) does our speaker imagine she could hide poison in?

An earring and a basket
A perfume bottle and a knife
A hot pocket and a pop tart
An envelope and a glass of wine
Q. What does she call the poison when it's done?

A "perilous puddle"
A "dangerous drip"
A "fantabulous fluid"
A "delicate droplet"