Read the excerpt from Part I of Gulliver's Travels.
This diversion is only practiced by those persons who are candidates for great employments, and ...
high favour, at court. They are trained in this art from their youth, and are not always of noble birth, or liberal education. When a great office is vacant either by death or disgrace (which often happens) five or six of those candidates petition the Emperor to entertain his Majesty and the court with a dance on the rope, and whoever jumps the highest without falling, succeeds in the office.
What is Swift satirizing in the excerpt?
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