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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. With what sort of art is Corker infatuated?

2. Which member of the Boot family owns the house and estate?

3. With whom does William meet at the first Ishmaelite Legation?

4. To what country does <i>The Daily Beast</i> want William Boot to travel?

5. Which member of the Boot family owns the motor car?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it, as revealed by the narrator at the beginning of Book 2, that no colonial powers have taken Ishmaelia?

2. What are the names of two places named for General Cruttwell?

3. What is Corker's chief complaint about the journalistic profession in Jacksonburg, as he tells William just after using the latter's toothbrush?

4. In what way does Lord Copper directly contradict himself while speaking to William about the Ishmaelian conflict?

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

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

7. How does Mr. Baldwin affect the counter-revolution which overthrows the Soviet Union of Ishmaelia?

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

9. Describe the condition of the <i>Francmacon</i>, the ship upon which William has to sail from Marseilles.

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

As the organ which puts the whole story in motion, The Daily Beast is of central importance both to the plot and the satire of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop. In an analytical essay, describe and evaluate the commercial machinations of The Daily Beast, focusing on how it is portrayed to be ridiculous. What is ironic about the paper? What is implied about the newspaper industry by the Beast serving as an exemplar? How do characters act towards the company?

Essay Topic 2

A significant theme in Evelyn Waugh's novel is the double-faced interaction of the journalists with one another. All desperate to score a big story, they frequently sabotage and undermine one another in order to get ahead. These very common actions are part of the satirical presentation of the journalistic profession as given in Scoop. In a well-structured and composed essay, analyze the significance of Waugh's satirization of the journalists throughout the story. What is important to the satire about how they treat one other? How does their conduct reflect upon the journalistic profession?

Essay Topic 3

An element of satire that is particularly prevalent in Evelyn Waugh's Scoop is irony. Compose an essay which demonstrates the prevalent usage of irony in the novel by discussing these points:

1) What is irony?

2) How can irony be comic?

3) What are examples of comic irony in Scoop?

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