Scoop Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. From what correspondence school has Bateson graduated?

2. What alliterative word is used to first describe the four Frenchmen in the Hotel Liberty?

3. What objects fill the heavy bag belonging to the girl who previously occupied William's room in the Pension Dressler?

4. What is unique about the stones William bought from Kätchen?

5. What is the name of Jakes' jackal?

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

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

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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