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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In what is the sign bearing the name "Boot" held at the Dover train station?
2. Who is the director of the Ishmaelite Press Bureau?
3. Who chairs the Foreign Press Association in Sir Jocelyn Hitchcock's absence?
4. How does Mr. Salter decide to travel from the train station to Boot Magna Hall?
5. Where does Lord Copper propose sending William on his next foreign assignment?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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