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 member of the Boot family owns the motor car?

2. At what time does Mr. Salter awake William by telephone while the latter is at the hotel?

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

4. Who is the most valued friend of John Boot?

5. For what do the initials of Corker's agency "U.N." stand?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe William's interaction with his unusual fellow passenger in the restaurant car of the train to Marseilles.

5. What is revealed about the priorities of the <i>Daily Beast</i> by the man asking for William's passport as he is about to depart?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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