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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. For what does William's companion on the train thank William?

2. At what time of the evening does Mrs. Stitch invariably go home, according to John Boot?

3. What longtime secret ambition of William's is near to fulfillment towards the end of Book 1, Chapter 3?

4. After conversing with William about their respective destinations, William's companion on the train begins to read what?

5. What object does Corker purchase for himself while at Steamer Point?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. For what reason does Mr. Salter insist upon William keeping a low profile until the passport mess is sorted out?

3. How do William and Corker both feel about Dr. Benito at the meeting of the Foreign Press Association?

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

5. What is ironic about the Consul-General of the first Ishmaelian Legation visited by William?

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

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

8. Why does Mr. Salter insist on walking to Boot Magna Hall, rather than riding in the truck full of slag?

9. What characterizes the speech of the black Ishmaelian speaking in Hyde Park when William takes a walk through?

10. In what way does Kätchen abuse William's attraction to her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout Scoop, Waugh takes things that are ordinarily considered to be serious or important, and at once exaggerates their importance to some people while utterly discarding it to others. Analyze this satirical, sarcastic exaggeration in an essay that addresses the politics of Ishmaelia, the newspapers, British high society, wealth, and fame. What characters consider these things important? Which consider them unimportant, if they consider them at all? What is implied about the importance of such things by these contrasted considerations?

Essay Topic 2

An essential and amusing part of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop is the use of telegrams, or cables for short. Write an analytical essay on their significance to the story, both in terms of character development and of satirization of the newspaper industry. What do the cables demonstrate about the particular characters in the story? What do they tell the reader about the newspaper industry?

Essay Topic 3

In addition to satirizing the newspaper industry, Evelyn Waugh's Scoop also targets the life of British society, particularly of the upper classes. In a carefully written essay, analyze the portrayal of the British upper classes in Scoop. What characters are involved? How do they act? How do they speak? What is the relationship between Mrs. Stitch and the aristocracy? In what ways are the high-class socialites made to look ridiculous? What are their chief concerns in day-to-day life?

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