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. What family holds a dynasty over the Ishmaelian government?

2. Of whose esteem is William afraid of losing if he attends the banquet?

3. What is Jack Bannister's long-time nickname?

4. How does Lord Copper intend to honor William Boot on his return to England?

5. How many cabs transport William and all his luggage from Victoria?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The primary target of Evelyn Waugh's satirical novel Scoop is the newspaper industry as a whole. Though not explicitly attacked at any one moment in the story, the industry is repeatedly derided by the actions of those who represent it and the effects they produce by their actions. Analyze this satirization of the newspaper industry. What absurdities about the industry are revealed by Waugh's novel? What are the motivations of the papers in the story? What sort of journalism do they practice, and how is it shown to be lacking?

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

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?

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