Decline and Fall Test | Final 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. Dockery's assessment of Paul is that

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

3. What has Margot made clear to Paul Pennyfeather?

4. Silenus feels that life resembles

5. Professor Silenus values machines over

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Compare the two names held by Maltravers -- Maltravers and, now, Metroland. What is Waugh trying to say?

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

5. Discuss Dr. Fagan's current state of affairs at Llanabba.

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

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

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

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

10. What is Peter Beste-Chetwynde doing at Scone College? How does Paul feel about him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In this story, Waugh has young Peter Beste-Chetwynde not only mixing alcoholic drinks for adults, but indulging heavily himself at a very young age. Write an essay about the history of drinking in England. Was there ever a minimum age for drinking? Is there now? How does the rate of alcoholism in Britain compare to the U.S.?

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