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Decline and Fall

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Decline and Fall

Comprehension Test

    Decline and Fall

    Evelyn Waugh

    1 Put the following events in the story in the right order. Number them 110.

    a Prendergast is killed.

    b Paul is invited to King‟s Thursday.

    c Paul goes to Marseille.

    d Margot visits Paul and tells him she is marrying Maltravers. e Paul is sent down from Oxford.

    f Paul returns to Oxford.

    g Paul gets out of prison.

    h Paul gets a job as a teacher at Llanabba.

    i Paul is sent to prison.

    j Paul and Margot get engaged.

     20 marks

    2 Who is Flossie marrying?

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     5 marks

    3 Who is making the cocktails?

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     5 marks

    4 Who said this in the story? Who did they say it to? Paul, Peter, Prendergast,

    Margot, Grimes, Paul’s Guardian

    a „Have I no legal right to any money at all? .......... to ..........

    b „I‟m in the soup again.‟ .......... to ..........

c „I am glad. I‟ve been trying to arrange it all this week. I think it‟s an excellent

    idea.‟ .......... to ..........

    d „What‟s the matter? Doubt‟s again?‟ .......... to ..........

    e „I‟m going to marry Maltravers.‟ .......... to ..........

     20 marks

    5 Who, in the story, ...

    1 ... had two daughters.

    2 ... had organ lessons from Paul.

    3 ... had two wives.

    4 ... worked for the League of Nations. 5 ... liked to do experiments in prison. a Grimes.

    b Dr Fagan.

    c Potts.

    d Sir Wilfred Lucas-Dockery.

    e Peter Beste-Chetwynde.

     10 marks

    6 Are these sentences true (T) or false (F)? a Paul was a member of the Bollinger Club. b -Only rich people were members of the Bollinger Club.

    c Paul couldn‟t speak German or Spanish.

    d Lady Circle‟s son was shot in the foot.

    e Paul could play the organ.

    f Everybody thought King‟s Thursday was a beautiful house.

    g Philbrick and Paul were in prison together. h Paul changed his name when he returned to Oxford. i Peter became a student at Scone College. j Peter was a member of the Bollinger Club.

     20 marks

    7 When Paul was a candidate for the job of teacher at Llanabba, he had to write a few lines to explain why he left Scone College. Write this explanation.

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     20 marks

     Total marks

Multiple-choice Test

    Decline and Fall

    Evelyn Waugh

    Setting

    Choose the best answer.

    1 The Bollinger Club dinner was always a _____ event.

     a [ ] cheap b [ ] destructive c [ ] well-disciplined d [ ] quiet 2 Paul Pennyfeather had been studying to become a _____.

     a [ ] lawyer b [ ] professor c [ ] vicar d [ ] poet 3 He was attacked because _____.

     a [ ] he had taken off his trousers

     b [ ] his tie looked similar to the Bollinger Club tie

     c [ ] he had never been popular at his college

     d [ ] he refused to drink champagne

    4 Paul‟s guardian _____ when he had to leave university.

     a [ ] stopped his allowance b [ ] advised Paul to get married

     c [ ] decreased his allowance d [ ] didn‟t know what Paul should do

    5 Llanabba Castle School was in the _____ group.

     a [ ] „Leading School‟ b [ ] „First-Class School‟

     c [ ] „School‟ d [ ] „Good School‟

    6 Paul told Dr Fagan _____.

     a [ ] he had behaved well at university b [ ] he had never liked university

     c [ ] he had always wanted to be a teacher d [ ] exactly why he was sent down

    7 Dr Fagan seemed to be disgusted by _____.

     a [ ] his elder daughter b [ ] his staff

     c [ ] his younger daughter d [ ] the students

    8 Paul had to teach Beste-Chetwynde _____, although he couldn‟t play well himself.

     a [ ] football b [ ] the flute c [ ] cricket d [ ] the organ 9 Grimes said that the public-school system had _____.

     a [ ] been very useful to him b [ ] given him many problems

     c [ ] made it difficult to get jobs d [ ] never helped anyone 10 _____ used to be a vicar until he had Doubts.

     a [ ] Dr Fagan b [ ] Philbrick c [ ] Prendergast d [ ] Grimes

     20 marks

    Characters

    Choose the best answer.

    11 Paul was said to have _____ at school.

     a [ ] had a good influence on others b [ ] been a lazy student

     c [ ] worked too hard d [ ] had a bad effect on others 12 _____ was a cheerful, brightly-dressed woman of about forty.

     a [ ] Lady Circle b [ ] Flossie c [ ] Margot d [ ] Dusty 13 The boys thought Philbrick was really a _____.

     a [ ] diamond thief b [ ] spy from another country

     c [ ] Russian politician d [ ] member of a foreign royal family 14 Grimes lost his leg in _____.

     a [ ] an accident with a bus b [ ] the first world was

     c [ ] an industrial accident d [ ] a riding accident 15 Prendergast couldn‟t understand what _____.

     a [ ] made people get divorced b [ ] Flossie would gain from marrying Grimes

     c [ ] made people travel by train d [ ] Grimes would gain from marrying Flossie 16 _____ was extremely interested in old churches.

     a [ ] Prendergast b [ ] Dr Fagan c [ ] Margot‟s friend, Chokey, d [ ] Margot

    17 Paul became _____ in Arthur Potts‟ company.

     a [ ] rather pretentious b [ ] more confident

     c [ ] very intimidated d [ ] his real self

18 _____ was completely redesigned by Otto Silenus.

     a [ ] Llanabba Castle School b [ ] King‟s Thursday

     c [ ] Scone College d [ ] The Ritz

    19 Paul felt it only just that _____.

     a [ ] he should suffer, not Margot

     b [ ] he should marry Margot

     c [ ] Margot should pay for her crimes

     d [ ] he and Margot should both go to prison

    20 ____ was murdered in prison by the red-haired prisoner.

     a [ ] The prison governor b [ ] Grimes c [ ] Prendergast d [ ] Philbrick

     20 marks

    Dialogue

    Who said or wrote this?

    21 „Your poor father trusted me, and I must do what he would wish.‟

     a [ ] Paul b [ ] Grimes c [ ] Dusty d [ ] Paul‟s guardian

    22 „“Don‟t let the Dad overwork you.”‟

     a [ ] Flossie b [ ] Peter c [ ] Clutterbuck d [ ] Lord Line 23 „I usually get into the soup sooner or later.‟

     a [ ] Grimes b [ ] Paul c [ ] Prendergast d [ ] Philbrick 24 „Have you noticed I wear a wig?‟

     a [ ] Dr Fagan b [ ] Prendergast c [ ] Margot d [ ] Otto Silenus 25 „A post is now vacant which might suit you.‟

     a [ ] Arthur Potts b [ ] Sam Clutterbuck c [ ] Margot d [ ] Dr Fagan 26 „My dears! How heavenly to see you!‟

     a [ ] Professor Silenus b [ ] Flossie c [ ] Margot d [ ] Chokey 27 „Nothing I have ever done has caused me so much disgust.‟

     a [ ] Paul b [ ] Prendergast c [ ] Professor Silenus d [ ] Grimes 28 „This is South American Entertainments Limited speaking.‟

     a [ ] Philbrick b [ ] Margot c [ ] Paul d [ ] Peter 29 „I find it so much more interesting, sir, working alone in my cell.‟

     a [ ] Grimes b [ ] Prendergast c [ ] the red-haired prisoner d [ ] Paul

    30 „You never know with people, do you, what‟s going to suit them.‟

     a [ ] Paul b [ ] Arthur Potts c [ ] Professor Silenus d [ ] Lord Matravers

     20 marks

    Vocabulary

    Choose the best answer.

    31 where students‟ parents pay for their education

     a [ ] state school b [ ] secondary school

     c [ ] grammar school d [ ] public school

    32 a lecturer or teacher at a university

     a [ ] chap b [ ] dean c [ ] bursar d [ ] don 33 to order a student to leave university

     a [ ] send off b [ ] send up c [ ] send down d [ ] send out 34 a building where beer is made

     a [ ] brewery b [ ] shop c [ ] pub d [ ] factory 35 a large, graceful white bird with a long thin neck

     a [ ] duck b [ ] swan c [ ] goose d [ ] swallow 36 a feeling of sadness or depression

     a [ ] glee b [ ] anxiety c [ ] gloom d [ ] joy 37 in trouble

     a [ ] in the soup b [ ] in the broth c [ ] in the stew d [ ] in the sea

    38 a small room for one or more prisoners

     a [ ] chapel b [ ] cell c [ ] jail d [ ] term 39 a priest who works in a school or prison

     a [ ] vicar b [ ] dean c [ ] master d [ ] chaplain 40 false hair

     a [ ] crown b [ ] piece c [ ] wig d [ ] guardian

     20 marks

    Plot

     Choose the best answer.

    41 Digby Vane-Trumpington‟s offer of _____ as an apology was accepted.

     a [ ] ?200 b [ ] ?50 c [ ] ?20 d [ ] ?100

    42 Paul was told to make sure that _____ at the Sports Day.

     a [ ] no boy won more than two events b [ ] every boy won an event

     c [ ] all the important boys won an event d [ ] every boy had to return from a race 43 After the Sports Day, Paul found himself _____.

     a [ ] attracted to Mrs Beste-Chetwynde b [ ] in trouble with Dr Fagan

     c [ ] looking for another job d [ ] feeling unhappy with the results 44 Philbrick told Grimes, Paul and Prendergast _____ about himself.

     a [ ] the complete truth b [ ] three different stories

     c [ ] the same story d [ ] jokes

    45 Flossie‟s father made Grimes feel _____.

     a [ ] like one of the family b [ ] like returning to his first wife

     c [ ] like taking to drink d [ ] as if he had nothing to offer 46 When Paul proposed to Margot, her son was _____.

     a [ ] shocked b [ ] disappointed c [ ] delighted d [ ] embarrassed 47 Margot had become very wealthy from _____.

     a [ ] property development

     b [ ] clothes shops

     c [ ] her involvement in the white slave trade

     d [ ] a series of well-chosen marriages

    48 On the day of his wedding, Paul _____.

     a [ ] was arrested by mistake b [ ] was sent to prison

     c [ ] decided not to marry Margot d [ ] was sent to hospital

    49 Paul escaped from prison with the aid of _____.

     a [ ] Dr Fagan b [ ] Grimes c [ ] his old pupils d [ ] Philbrick

    50 In the end, Paul _____.

     a [ ] became Margot‟s lover

     b [ ] went into business with Philbrick

     c [ ] became governor of his old prison

     d [ ] assumed a new identity and returned to Oxford

     20 marks

     Total marks

Decline and Fall

     e 1 i 6 1 a 7

     f 10 j 4 b 3

     g 9 c 5

     h 2 d 8

2 Grimes

3 Peter

    4 a Paul, Paul‟s Guardian

     b Grimes, Paul

     c Peter, Margot

     d Paul, Prendergast

     e Margot, Paul

5 1 b

     2 e

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     e F i T 6 a F

     f F j T b T

     g T c T

     h F d T

    7 Students‟ individual answers.

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