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. How long does the Soviet Union of Ishmaelia last?

2. From what correspondence school has Bateson graduated?

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

4. Who is the director of the Ishmaelite Press Bureau?

5. When the journalists leave Jacksonburg to chase Hitchcock's story, where does William go?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

As both a member of the aristocracy and the proprietor of The Daily Beast, Lord Copper is the link between the two primary targets of satire in Waugh's Scoop. Compose a thoroughly developed analytical essay on the character of Lord Copper. With what sort of people does he associate? What are his motivations in his actions? Is he a man of deep thought or mere self-importance? In what ways is his portrayal in Scoop satirical? What does this portrayal imply about the aristocracy? What does it imply about the newspaper industry?

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