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. When William first arrives at the Megalopolitan building, he finds it:

2. To what does "unnatural" correspond in the telegram William receives at Aden?

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

4. With how many other passengers does William fly on his way to Paris?

5. What does the Swiss waiter attempt to persuade William's companion in the train to purchase?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mr. Baldwin affect the counter-revolution which overthrows the Soviet Union of Ishmaelia?

2. Why is the French colonial administrator aboard the <i>Francmacon</i> perplexed by William going to Ishmaelia?

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

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

5. Describe the condition of the <i>Francmacon</i>, the ship upon which William has to sail from Marseilles.

6. What characterizes the speech of the black Ishmaelian speaking in Hyde Park when William takes a walk through?

7. How do the journalists in Jacksonburg make up for the lack of news when they first arrive in Ishmaelia?

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

9. For what reason is Erik Olafsen ostensibly sent out of Jacksonburg at the beginning of Book 2, Chapter 3?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In addition to poking fun at the lifestyles of Britain's rich and famous, Evelyn Waugh's Scoop places an ironic twist on literary romance. Usually the protagonist wins the beautiful damsel, sweeping her away from the insensitive brute. In Scoop, the damsel goes off with the brute after using the resources of the protagonist for personal gain. Write an analysis of the "love story" within Scoop. In what ways does it ironically parallel the traditional romantic story of literature? What is the significance of the corrupted love story to the whole of the plot? How does it affect William?

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

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?

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