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

2. What does the American girl, believing that he is going to Ishmaelia, give to John Boot as a good luck charm?

3. Of what does Mr. Salter insist Lord Copper must remain ignorant?

4. Which member of the Boot family owns the house and estate?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Dr. Benito treat William when he discovers that the latter is not going to Laku?

4. How does William avoid meeting with any of the important members of the <i>Daily Beast</i> when he arrives in London?

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

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

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

8. How do William and Corker both feel about Dr. Benito at the meeting of the Foreign Press Association?

9. What realization prompts Lord Copper to see himself as a lonely, deserted leader, having to make do for the incompetence of his subordinates?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Though the novel is full of bizarre, extraordinary characters, perhaps the most strongly exaggerated and therefore striking character in Scoop is Mr. Baldwin. In a well-structured essay, analyze Mr. Baldwin by answering these questions:

1) What character traits set Mr. Baldwin apart from everyone else in the story?

2) By what actions does Mr. Baldwin demonstrate himself to be unlike the rest of the story's characters?

3) What is the significance of Mr. Baldwin to the satirical nature of the story?

Essay Topic 3

As the protagonist of the story, William is the principle character around whom all of the novel's action revolves. Through action, the character of William is revealed. Analyze this revelation, explicating both the ways in which William changes from the beginning to the end of the story and the ways he remains the same. Describe his fundamental character traits and evaluate the presentation given of him in Scoop. What sort of character is he? Is the reader persuaded to view him sympathetically or not?

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