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

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

3. Which member of the Boot household is the richest in ready cash?

4. How many children does the French colonial administrator have?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the journalists generally treat one another?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. What has happened to Corker and Pigge on their journey to Laku?

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

9. How does Nannie Boggs misunderstand Mr. Salter's visit to Boot Magna Hall?

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

Essay 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

As the protagonist of the story, William is the principle character around whom all of the novel's action revolves. Through action, the character of William is revealed. Analyze this revelation, explicating both the ways in which William changes from the beginning to the end of the story and the ways he remains the same. Describe his fundamental character traits and evaluate the presentation given of him in Scoop. What sort of character is he? Is the reader persuaded to view him sympathetically or not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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