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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What food does Kätchen's husband eat in William's room?
2. Which member of the Boot family keeps Mr. Salter up late and unintentionally forces him to sleep in a chair?
3. How does Lord Copper intend to honor William Boot on his return to England?
4. What is the name of Priscilla's dog?
5. Which relative greets William on his return to Boot Magna Hall?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
The primary target of Evelyn Waugh's satirical novel Scoop is the newspaper industry as a whole. Though not explicitly attacked at any one moment in the story, the industry is repeatedly derided by the actions of those who represent it and the effects they produce by their actions. Analyze this satirization of the newspaper industry. What absurdities about the industry are revealed by Waugh's novel? What are the motivations of the papers in the story? What sort of journalism do they practice, and how is it shown to be lacking?
Essay Topic 3
In contrast to his journalistic experiences, William, at the end of Scoop, returns to his beloved Lush Places column. Write an analytical essay which compares and contrasts the life that accompanies writing Lush Places with that which accompanies the covering of big news stories. Why would William prefer the former over the latter? In what ways is Lush Places superior to that of covering wars and foreign expeditions? Are there any perks to the position William forsakes? What does William's decision say about the newspaper, as the scenario is portrayed in Scoop?
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