The Last King of Scotland Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Garrigan finally feel strong enough to help when he gets up in the morning?

2. The ____________ tells Garrigan that it will not be as bad as he thinks it will be.

3. With the ___________ coming up, there are many images of Margaret Thatcher on TV.

4. The soldiers were distressed to find out they might have killed a __________ as this would make their leader unhappy.

5. What room does Garrigan discover has already been sacked when he wanders the halls?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The tremendous racial disparity in the book causes the reader to feel the discomfort of Garrigan and others who he calls friends.

Part 1: How does the racial disparity affect Garrigan on a daily basis? Or doesn't it?

Part 2: Why do you think that the races harbor such ill will toward each other?

Part 3: Why isn't Garrigan harassed more for being often the only white man around?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Within this story is the theme of loss. Garrigan loses much in the first half of the book, which may or may not have led to the rest of his trouble in the second half of the book.

Part 1: How do you think the string of losses for Garrigan will affect him as the book goes on?

Part 2: Do you think losses always have to make a person weaker? Why or why not?

Part 3: Can having many losses in your life make you more vulnerable? Why or why not?

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