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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. Dr. Fagan is, again, ready to
(a) Move on to a new career.
(b) Marry.
(c) Meet his maker.
(d) Give away his daughters.

2. The Governor is interested in
(a) Getting prison property repaired.
(b) Getting to the underlying cause of the big man's problems.
(c) Understanding what motivates the chaplain.
(d) Making the man an example for others.

3. At Egdon Heath, the convicts recently heard a lecture delivered by
(a) The Governor.
(b) Prendergast.
(c) Grimes.
(d) Potts.

4. When Paul presses Potts about his line of work, Potts
(a) Admits he is doing divorce shadowing.
(b) Admits he is a spy for the government.
(c) Lies and says he is with the League of Nations.
(d) Lies and claims he works with sea life.

5. Now away from Llanabba, Paul is feeling
(a) Despondent.
(b) Smug and conceited.
(c) Confident and more like himself.
(d) Afraid and insecure.

Short Answer Questions

1. Silenus's architectural style is biased toward

2. Paul seems to believe now in

3. Grimes escapes prison under a cloud of

4. While Paul was gone, Margot has married

5. What has Margot done to King's Thursday that is so controversial?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the trait in Paul Pennyfeather that makes him ask Alistair Digby-Vaine-Trumpington to be his best man.

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

3. Paul seems to have a temporary coming-out when he travels to London and meets with Potts. How is he different?

4. What does Waugh's final passage about Paul's reading say about Paul?

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

6. How is Paul given the news of Prendergast's death?

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

8. The author gives us a clear glimpse of Pennyfeather's future at the end of this chapter. Discuss this seemingly awkwardly-placed revelation.

9. Why do you suppose Potts is intercepting Margot's interviewees across the street as they leave her residence?

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

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