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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mr. Pendergast dresses up for the occasion in

2. Paul gets concerned about how many people live at the Castle when he sees

3. So far, we have learned that young Clutterbuck is

4. For a photo backdrop, Dr. Fagan is counting on

5. What was Paul Pennyfeather studying to be?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Lady and Lord Circumference.

2. Captain Grimes is terribly depressed after being married a few days to Flossie. What is it that is so upsetting to him?

3. What is Dr. Fagan's biggest concern with respect to the sporting event at Llanabba?

4. Discuss Mr. Levy, the scholastic agent. Is he a man of character?

5. What message comes through about British society in the Prelude?

6. What kind of picture is emerging of the British school system in this chapter?

7. What emotions does the appearance of Chokey raise in the guests?

8. How is Prendergast's wig related to the "intractable" behavior of his students?

9. How does Grimes portray the school system?

10. How does Paul learn of the invitation to tutor young Beste-Chetwynde over the holidays? Is it unusual? If so, how?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Britain have a modern penal system? Research the reforms that have occurred, and specifically delve into the history of persons who were instrumental in them. Compare them to Sir Lucas-Dockery. Does Waugh have any basis of truth in developing this character?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the gentleman's code of conduct to which Paul Pennyfeather subscribes. What was its origin? Why would people cling to it after so many years? In what way was it a benefit to be considered a "gentleman?" Did this code carry over to the new world when people began to settle in America? Describe the code, what it required and its meaning to the different classes of society in Britain and in the early U.S.

Essay Topic 3

Write a well-researched, detailed essay on the League of Nations. Why was it formed? What was its purpose, and what caused its demise? Was the US involved in it or affected by it? Do we have anything similar to it today?

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