Scoop Test | 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. How much does William's toothbrush purchased from the hotel cost?

2. How many servants attend to the Boot family?

3. What items does Lord Copper especially impress upon William to take on his trip?

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

5. What unfortunately happens to William's first passport?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it, as revealed by the narrator at the beginning of Book 2, that no colonial powers have taken Ishmaelia?

2. What does William think about when he sees the unappetizing fish offered to him at lunch aboard the <i>Francmacon</i>?

3. In what way does Kätchen abuse William's attraction to her?

4. How - and why - is Corker dressed upon his arrival in the dining room of the <i>Francmacon</i>?

5. How is William treated when he first arrives at Croydon, and what affects this sort of treatment?

6. What is Corker's chief complaint about the journalistic profession in Jacksonburg, as he tells William just after using the latter's toothbrush?

7. Why do the newspapers routinely return from the sickrooms "hopelessly mutilated" at Boot Magna Hall?

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

9. What important piece of news does Kätchen bring to William after the former spends a morning shopping?

10. How do the journalists generally treat one another?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

A significant part of Evelyn Waugh's satirical portrayal of the newspaper industry in Scoop is the emphasis on yellow journalism. Compose a well-developed essay analyzing the portrayal of yellow journalism and the significance given by the satirical portrayal of its practice. In what ways does the story implicitly condemn yellow journalism? What about the practice is implied to be wrong? What actions, statements, and events support your assertions?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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