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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 bizarre claim does the pseudo-consul of the second Ishmaelite Legation make?

2. What is the name of the woman who attends William in the equipment emporium?

3. What food do William, the French administrator, and the administrator's children reject while dining on the <i>Francmacon</i>?

4. What items does Lord Copper especially impress upon William to take on his trip?

5. How many lords are on staff at the Megalopolitan office?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the guests of Lord Copper's banquet amuse themselves while Lord Copper delivers his 38-minute speech?

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

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

4. Why is Mr. Salter sympathetic in thought if not action to William's desire to stay home and continue writing <i>Lush Places</i>?

5. What seemingly important piece of information does William uncover by talking with Jack Bannister, and why can he not make a story of it?

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

7. Describe William's interaction with his unusual fellow passenger in the restaurant car of the train to Marseilles.

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

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. Describe the activity in Mrs. Stitch's bedroom when John Boot comes to visit her in her home.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In contrast to his journalistic experiences, William, at the end of Scoop, returns to his beloved Lush Places column. Write an analytical essay which compares and contrasts the life that accompanies writing Lush Places with that which accompanies the covering of big news stories. Why would William prefer the former over the latter? In what ways is Lush Places superior to that of covering wars and foreign expeditions? Are there any perks to the position William forsakes? What does William's decision say about the newspaper, as the scenario is portrayed in Scoop?

Essay Topic 2

Though the novel is full of bizarre, extraordinary characters, perhaps the most strongly exaggerated and therefore striking character in Scoop is Mr. Baldwin. In a well-structured essay, analyze Mr. Baldwin by answering these questions:

1) What character traits set Mr. Baldwin apart from everyone else in the story?

2) By what actions does Mr. Baldwin demonstrate himself to be unlike the rest of the story's characters?

3) What is the significance of Mr. Baldwin to the satirical nature of the story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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