The Last King of Scotland Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Giles Foden
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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. What kind of car is Major Mabuse driving the day after the two foreigners are killed mysteriously?

2. Idi Amin actually became the ____________ champion of Uganda, challenging Muhammad Ali to a fight.

3. What do Stone and Perkins want Garrigan to do to Amin in order to make him more manageable?

4. Garrigan seems to think that Idi Amin's mother's name may have been ____________, though he is told otherwise later.

5. Where does Amin in the picture put his hand on the person that he is about to kill?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Amin insist that Garrigan publish a report on when Garrigan is still in his services?

2. What does Garrigan see when he approaches the center of town?

3. When Garrigan stops to ask some men for directions, what do they tell him about his safety?

4. What does Stone say about the position of power that Perkins holds over Garrigan?

5. Why is Garrigan wearing a pair of clean scrubs as he goes down into the city later in the day?

6. What is odd about the fact that Garrigan is doing surgery at the hospital in Kampala?

7. What is one of the duties that Garrigan is asked to do, outside of his hospital and medical duties?

8. What happens when Garrigan is told to come with the soldier and get off the bus?

9. What has happened to the water situation in Kampala and to the hospital in particular?

10. What happens to the driver of the car in which Amin was riding where his life was almost taken?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It's fascinating to see that Garrigan and Merrit still tend to think in terms of their Western medical backgrounds and upbringings rather than considering the context of their new setting.

Part 1: Why do you think that Garrigan and Merrit still think of diseases in terms of their Western training?

Part 2: What was your reaction to the comments of Merrit when talking about his life in Mbarara?

Part 3: Do you think Merrit is actually trying to learn the ways of the Africans or is he trying to push his lifestyle and background on others? Why do you choose the answer you do?

Essay Topic 2

As is the case with many books, the narrator may or may not be as reliable as the reader wants them to be.

Part 1: Does Garrigan seem to be a reliable narrator? Why or why not?

Part 2: Who might have been a better narrator for this story? Why?

Part 3: In what ways does the narrator affect the story for a reader? How does their version of events affect a story?

Essay Topic 3

Garrigan treats Amin's children as well, even going so far as to indicate that Amin's daughter is faking an injury to get more attention.

Part 1: Why do you think that Garrigan decides to be honest about the daughter's lack of injury?

Part 2: Do you think you could have been able to treat Amin's children if you were in Garrigan's shoes? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think that Garrigan is willing to help everyone in Amin's family?

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