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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 what famous individual has Uncle Bernard traced William Boot's descent?

2. What sort of car does Mrs. Stitch drive?

3. What is William's initial destination on his way to Ishmaelia?

4. Why does John Boot want to get away from London?

5. What city is Mr. Salter attempting to locate in an atlas on occasion of his first meeting with William Boot?

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

3. How do the journalists generally treat one another?

4. Why do the newspapers routinely return from the sickrooms "hopelessly mutilated" at Boot Magna Hall?

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

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. Why has John Boot's situation in London become very awkward?

8. How do the journalists in Jacksonburg make up for the lack of news when they first arrive in Ishmaelia?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Part of Waugh's satirical presentation of the newspaper industry is the attitude of the journalists. Compose an analytical essay which discusses the various ways in which the journalists chase after stories. How do they attempt to get a leg-up on the competition? What sort of loyalties do they form, and how are they broken? Do they really care about the news or just about reporting it? What is implied about the industry by the actions of the journalists?

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

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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