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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 is the cost to transport William's luggage to his first destination?

2. Who is the highest paid journalist in America, about whom Corker tells William a story?

3. To what street is William suddenly whisked off to in a taxi in order to cover a story regarding Mrs. Stitch?

4. Of what school is the man William meets at the first Ishmaelite Legation a graduate?

5. What time of day does John Boot visit the Stitch residence?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is William treated when he first arrives at Croydon, and what affects this sort of treatment?

2. What does William think about when he sees the unappetizing fish offered to him at lunch aboard the <i>Francmacon</i>?

3. By what misunderstanding is William Boot mistaken for the Boot that Lord Copper asked Mr. Salter to find?

4. How does Erik Olafsen change the more alcohol he drinks, and why is this significant?

5. What does the Boot family think about Mr. Salter when he arrives at Boot Magna Hall?

6. How is Lord Copper is made at ease in the unfamiliar social circle of Lady Metroland?

7. What greatly inconveniences William on his arrival in Paris?

8. Under what threat does William agree to be the <i>Daily Beast</i>'s war correspondent to Ishmaelia?

9. For what reason does John Boot come to see Julia Stitch at the beginning of the story?

10. What is the primary point of the thesis of Smiles Soum's manifesto?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In addition to poking fun at the lifestyles of Britain's rich and famous, Evelyn Waugh's Scoop places an ironic twist on literary romance. Usually the protagonist wins the beautiful damsel, sweeping her away from the insensitive brute. In Scoop, the damsel goes off with the brute after using the resources of the protagonist for personal gain. Write an analysis of the "love story" within Scoop. In what ways does it ironically parallel the traditional romantic story of literature? What is the significance of the corrupted love story to the whole of the plot? How does it affect William?

Essay Topic 2

While in London, William encounters members of both Ishmaelite Legations and is told their political ideologies. Despite being hidden for some time after that, the socialist ideology comes to play a prominent role in the Soviet coup staged by Dr. Benito. Nonetheless, both ideologies are made out to be ridiculous in Waugh's novel. Analyze in a carefully developed essay how Waugh satirizes the two ideologies, particularly that of the socialists. What actions and events make it out to be a ridiculous form of government? What statements made by the consul in the London legation reinforce the absurdity of the cause?

Essay Topic 3

In a well-developed analytical essay, compare and contrast two of the caricaturizations in Scoop. Examples would be Mrs. Julia Stitch, Nannie Bloggs, Corker, Kätchen's husband, Frau Dressler, and Mr. Baldwin. Each is representative, in an exaggerated, ridiculous way, of a strong type of character. How are your choices portrayed in the story? In what ways are these caricaturized portrayals alike? In what ways are they different? What effect on the reader is produced by each caricaturization? How is the reader invited to perceive the characters?

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