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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does the Boot family give up for the sake of the war effort in 1914?
2. In what part of the continent of Africa does Ishmaelia lie?
3. What two beasts prominently roam on tethers in the front yard of William's second place of residence in Ishmaelia?
4. What is the name of the proprietress of the Hotel Liberty?
5. What is the capital city of Ishmaelia?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
While in London, William encounters members of both Ishmaelite Legations and is told their political ideologies. Despite being hidden for some time after that, the socialist ideology comes to play a prominent role in the Soviet coup staged by Dr. Benito. Nonetheless, both ideologies are made out to be ridiculous in Waugh's novel. Analyze in a carefully developed essay how Waugh satirizes the two ideologies, particularly that of the socialists. What actions and events make it out to be a ridiculous form of government? What statements made by the consul in the London legation reinforce the absurdity of the cause?
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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