Decline and Fall Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. So far, we have learned that young Clutterbuck is

2. Dr. Fagan wants the sporting event to be

3. Mr. Prendergast is flustered with Paul's arrival because he

4. What news does Potts' letter bring to Paul?

5. Because of the charge against Paul at Scone, Dr. Fagan

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Dr. Fagan's primary concern about Llanabba?

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 obvious about Paul Pennyfeather and his nature, based on the incident on campus?

4. Why are Sniggs and Postlehwaite especially guilty of the unjust treatment of Paul Pennyfeather?

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

6. What is the source of Mr. Prendergast's doubt?

7. For all that Paul has lost at the hands of Digby-Vaine-Trumpington, he decides not to take his money. Discuss Paul's response to Potts' letter.

8. What is ironic about the structure of Llanabba Castle?

9. What words of wisdom does the Chaplain offer Paul when he is expelled?

10. Prendergast seems doubtful about the presence of a new school master at Llanabba. How does that come through in their initial meeting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story offers many ideas, words and concepts that are obsolete. Leaf through the book and find at least three of these references that are strange or unfamiliar to you. Research each and write a 3-part essay on what you find. Remember that, in addition to being written in England, the book was written around eighty years ago.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the history of class struggle in Britain, beginning with the 1920s. Into what categories were the people divided, how did they interact, how were they rated by one another and what were the advantages and disadvantages of being members of any of them?

Essay Topic 3

Write a detailed essay about the character of Prendergast. He is a complex character about whom we learn enough to piece together a puzzle about his nature. What quality does he represent in this story? Study his thinking and his basic nature as described by Waugh, and try to find some meaning for Prendy's life, and how it compares to others' in the story.

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