Scoop Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. With what sort of art is Corker infatuated?

2. For what item is William asked at the very end of Book 1, Chapter 3?

3. How many lords are on staff at the Megalopolitan office?

4. From what famous individual has Uncle Bernard traced William Boot's descent?

5. What sort of coin does William mistakenly attempt to give the steward on the train to London?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has happened to Corker and Pigge on their journey to Laku?

2. For what reason does Mr. Salter insist upon William keeping a low profile until the passport mess is sorted out?

3. What greatly inconveniences William on his arrival in Paris?

4. What begins to bother William professionally towards the end of Chapter 2?

5. How does Mrs. Stitch persuade Lord Copper to seek out John Boot as the foreign war correspondent to Ishmaelia?

6. Why does Mr. Salter insist on walking to Boot Magna Hall, rather than riding in the truck full of slag?

7. Why has Mrs. Stitch ended up with her car unfortunately stuck after driving down a flight of stairs?

8. What seemingly important piece of information does William uncover by talking with Jack Bannister, and why can he not make a story of it?

9. For what reason is William and Mr. Salter's first meeting rather awkward for both men?

10. What is further revealed about William when he receives his first cable from the <i>Daily Beast</i>?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout Scoop, Waugh takes things that are ordinarily considered to be serious or important, and at once exaggerates their importance to some people while utterly discarding it to others. Analyze this satirical, sarcastic exaggeration in an essay that addresses the politics of Ishmaelia, the newspapers, British high society, wealth, and fame. What characters consider these things important? Which consider them unimportant, if they consider them at all? What is implied about the importance of such things by these contrasted considerations?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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