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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Between whom does Mr. Salter sit at dinner with the Boot family?
2. For how long has Frau Dressler lived in Africa?
3. At whose villa does Dr. Benito attempt to persuade William to stay?
4. What does Lord Copper attempt to draw at the beginning of Book 3?
5. At what time does Mr. Salter arrive at Boot Magna Hall?
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
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 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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