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. The professor attracted Mrs. Beste-Chetwynde's attention with a rejected design

2. Silenus thinks that Margot Beste-Chetwynde is

3. In his more evolved frame of mind, Paul imagines that

4. What might indicate that young Peter knows about his mother's business?

5. We can assume that the Hon. Miles Malpractice is

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about Captain Grimes, besides the fact that he keeps showing up in Paul's life?

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

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

4. What comparable trait can be said to be possessed by both Margot and Grimes?

5. What is Paul's response to the mysterious diagnosis, the trip to the hospital and his freedom?

6. Briefly, discuss how Paul escapes the prison at Egdon-Heath.

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

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

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

10. As they approach King's Thursday, Paul seems to be in reverie. What do his daydreams mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Margot Beste-Chetwynde's cigarette smoking at the sporting event prevents the silver band from playing anything religious, because they feel smoking is sacrilegious. Write a well-researched essay about cigarettes and the smoking of tobacco in the 1920s. Was Margot out of step for her time? How did the general population feel about smoking at that time? Were there any repercussions for smoking in public? Was it more acceptable for men than women?

Essay Topic 2

Make a list of Waugh's characters. For each character, write a paragraph about why Waugh assigned the character's specific name. Don't forget that some characters have more than one name, and do not forget that Waugh had a healthy sense of humor.

Essay Topic 3

Many times throughout this story "the war" is mentioned. Write a detailed essay about the effects of world war one on British society. This story was written shortly after the end of the war when the country is trying to recover from its effects. Try to focus on a particular town or township that was hit particularly hard by the war and describe its effects, before and after.

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