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 is the name of Priscilla's dog?

2. What food does Kätchen's husband eat in William's room?

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

4. To where does William move after two photographers join his and Corker's room at the Hotel Liberty?

5. For how much does William buy the stones offered him by Kätchen?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Though changed from the time of Rudyard Kipling's 1899 poem "The White Man's Burden," Waugh sarcastically implies that many in Europe still feel an interventionist need to help those of less-fortunate countries. Write an analytical essay which broadly outlines the idea of the white man's burden and how such plays a role in the European interest in the Ishmaelite civil war. How does this interest show itself? In what ways is Europe interested in Ishmaelia? Does this interest seem more active or passive?

Essay Topic 2

In a well-developed analytical essay, compare and contrast two of the caricaturizations in Scoop. Examples would be Mrs. Julia Stitch, Nannie Bloggs, Corker, Kätchen's husband, Frau Dressler, and Mr. Baldwin. Each is representative, in an exaggerated, ridiculous way, of a strong type of character. How are your choices portrayed in the story? In what ways are these caricaturized portrayals alike? In what ways are they different? What effect on the reader is produced by each caricaturization? How is the reader invited to perceive the characters?

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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