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. What object of William's passes by the customs officials of the airport without scrutiny?

2. What time of day does John Boot visit the Stitch residence?

3. At what time of the evening does Mrs. Stitch invariably go home, according to John Boot?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has John Boot's situation in London become very awkward?

2. How does Erik Olafsen change the more alcohol he drinks, and why is this significant?

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

4. Why is Mr. Salter sympathetic in thought if not action to William's desire to stay home and continue writing <i>Lush Places</i>?

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

6. In what way is Uncle Theodore unlike any of Lord Copper's banquet guests of honor, before or after?

7. How does Mrs. Stitch react to John Boot's perplexed inquiries regarding his invitation to knighthood?

8. What does the Boot family think about Mr. Salter when he arrives at Boot Magna Hall?

9. Describe the activity in Mrs. Stitch's bedroom when John Boot comes to visit her in her home.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

If there is any one character who is a victim in the story, it is Mr. Salter. He does not understand anything that is going on around him, is ordered around by his superiors, and denigrated by his subordinates. Compose an analytical essay on the character, actions, and fate of Mr. Salter. What sort of person is he? How does he comport himself in various situations? Is his "future" as prescribed in the final lines of the book a fitting one or not? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

A significant theme in Evelyn Waugh's novel is the double-faced interaction of the journalists with one another. All desperate to score a big story, they frequently sabotage and undermine one another in order to get ahead. These very common actions are part of the satirical presentation of the journalistic profession as given in Scoop. In a well-structured and composed essay, analyze the significance of Waugh's satirization of the journalists throughout the story. What is important to the satire about how they treat one other? How does their conduct reflect upon the journalistic profession?

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