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. Which activity is Mrs. Stitch NOT performing from her bed when John Boot visits?

2. What are the last two items William adds to his kit from the equipment emporium?

3. William's heart is described as rising with the plane the first time he takes off. To what is this compared?

4. What is the name of the woman who attends William in the equipment emporium?

5. How much of the <i>Francmacon</i>'s deck is given up to the captain's quarters?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the primary point of the thesis of Smiles Soum's manifesto?

2. Why does Uncle Theodore sporadically sing snatches of old songs?

3. What are the names of two places named for General Cruttwell?

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

5. How is Lord Copper is made at ease in the unfamiliar social circle of Lady Metroland?

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

7. What primarily disgusts William about the <i>Daily Beast</i> on his return to civilized parts of the world?

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

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

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

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

Analyze the Boot family in a thoughtful and carefully-structured essay, explaining how the individual members form a whole, and what role the family plays in the story. How do they contrast with the rest of the world that William faces? What do they represent for William, and how is this representation shown? On what is this representation founded?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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