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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Official papers are signed that say
(a) A girl died under anesthesia.
(b) The surgeon was too drunk to operate.
(c) Paul died under anesthesia.
(d) Dingy is actually a nurse.

2. People carry "deep and diverse impressions" of Professor Silenus'
(a) Genius.
(b) Talent.
(c) Professionalism.
(d) Architecture.

3. Otto Silenus openly
(a) Complains about the service.
(b) Critiques Peter's physical appearance.
(c) Courts Margot Beste-Chetwynde.
(d) Ignores Paul Pennyfeather.

4. Young Peter, in his drunkenness, seems a bit
(a) Angry.
(b) Nostalgic.
(c) Focused.
(d) Remorseful.

5. Silenus's architectural style is biased toward
(a) Industrial simplicity.
(b) Tudor mansions.
(c) Scrollwork.
(d) Gingerbread decor.

Short Answer Questions

1. Professor Silenus decides to stay on at Margot's house, since

2. Cliff Place, a medical facility, is run by

3. Using bread for their ante, prisoners bet on

4. What can we assume about Potts in this chapter?

5. As punishment, Paul's companion is assigned to

Short Essay Questions

1. As they approach King's Thursday, Paul seems to be in reverie. What do his daydreams mean?

2. How is it that Prendergast is now a chaplain at the prison where Paul is incarcerated?

3. Where does Paul fit into Silenus' description of the wheel of life?

4. What comparable trait can be said to be possessed by both Margot and Grimes?

5. How does the judge see Paul's involvement in the crime for which he is convicted?

6. On whom can we blame the death of Prendergast?

7. Discuss Professor Silenus' role in the renovation of King's Thursday. What does he set out to accomplish?

8. Sir Wilfred Lucas-Dockery represents a certain type of character in Waugh's coterie of nuts. Describe him.

9. What is about Margot that is so attractive to Peter? What personal motivation of Margot's does she make very clear to the men around her?

10. Paul is misunderstood as a misanthrope for wanting to stay in solitary confinement. Why does he prefer it?

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