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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. Silenus sees himself as static, and Paul as
(a) Off the grid.
(b) Organic.
(c) Dynamic.
(d) Ultra-static.

2. Despite harsh prison conditions, Paul
(a) Has his own finely appointed restroom.
(b) Eats lavishly, due to Margot.
(c) Does daily calisthenics.
(d) Sleeps on a featherbed, from Margot.

3. As punishment, Paul's companion is assigned to
(a) Arts and crafts.
(b) Sharpening knives.
(c) Distributing food.
(d) Doing carpentry work.

4. What is familiar about Prendergast in his new role as prison chaplain?
(a) His clothing.
(b) His walk.
(c) His wig.
(d) His cane.

5. The author warns us that Paul Pennyfeather
(a) Will not live up to Potts' expectations.
(b) Has a bright future in politics.
(c) Will be the only character left standing.
(d) Will not be a hero in this story.

Short Answer Questions

1. Ironically, the women are being escorted to Rio by

2. What can we assume about Paul's friend, Potts, at this point?

3. Paul feels that Grimes is actually

4. All of Margot's weekend guests, including Maltravers, are

5. Margot's yacht is waiting for Paul to take him to

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Margot Beste-Chetwynde had been at King's Thursday only once before she purchased the property many years later. Discuss that visit.

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

4. Grimes has supposedly met with a terrible death in the bogs. Does Paul mourn his passing?

5. Why is it not surprising that Paul and Margot run into Philbrick at the upscale restaurant where they are having lunch?

6. What is the distinguishing characteristic of Paul Pennyfeather that makes him go to Marseilles on business he is not really sure about--to call on women at an address in the depths of the slums?

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

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

9. On his way to Egdon-Heath, what does Paul learn ?

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

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