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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. From where is William supposed to leave England?

2. How many members of the Boot family live in Boot Magna Hall?

3. At what time does Mr. Salter awake William by telephone while the latter is at the hotel?

4. What position does John Boot initially seek from Mr. Stitch as a means of foreign employ?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Mr. Salter and the Managing Editor decide to see which of the two will take the blame for not having a Boot present at Lord Copper's banquet?

2. For what reason does William move out of the Hotel Liberty and into the Pension Dressler?

3. Why is the French colonial administrator aboard the <i>Francmacon</i> perplexed by William going to Ishmaelia?

4. How does Mrs. Stitch react to John Boot's perplexed inquiries regarding his invitation to knighthood?

5. With what common and well-practiced activity is William content to live out his life?

6. What realization prompts Lord Copper to see himself as a lonely, deserted leader, having to make do for the incompetence of his subordinates?

7. How has Sir Jocelyn Hitchcock left the service of Lord Copper's <i>Daily Beast</i>?

8. What important piece of news does Kätchen bring to William after the former spends a morning shopping?

9. In his mind, how is William's job as the author of the <i>Lush Places</i> column in the <i>Daily Beast</i> is threatened?

10. For what reason is Erik Olafsen ostensibly sent out of Jacksonburg at the beginning of Book 2, Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A significant part of Evelyn Waugh's satirical portrayal of the newspaper industry in Scoop is the emphasis on yellow journalism. Compose a well-developed essay analyzing the portrayal of yellow journalism and the significance given by the satirical portrayal of its practice. In what ways does the story implicitly condemn yellow journalism? What about the practice is implied to be wrong? What actions, statements, and events support your assertions?

Essay Topic 2

Though changed from the time of Rudyard Kipling's 1899 poem "The White Man's Burden," Waugh sarcastically implies that many in Europe still feel an interventionist need to help those of less-fortunate countries. Write an analytical essay which broadly outlines the idea of the white man's burden and how such plays a role in the European interest in the Ishmaelite civil war. How does this interest show itself? In what ways is Europe interested in Ishmaelia? Does this interest seem more active or passive?

Essay Topic 3

As both a member of the aristocracy and the proprietor of The Daily Beast, Lord Copper is the link between the two primary targets of satire in Waugh's Scoop. Compose a thoroughly developed analytical essay on the character of Lord Copper. With what sort of people does he associate? What are his motivations in his actions? Is he a man of deep thought or mere self-importance? In what ways is his portrayal in Scoop satirical? What does this portrayal imply about the aristocracy? What does it imply about the newspaper industry?

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