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. For what paper does Mr. Pappenhacker work?

2. With what animal does Priscilla mischievously replace the animal on which William Boot had written for his recent Lush Places article?

3. Why is William perplexed by the telegram he receives from <i>The Daily Beast</i> while at Aden?

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

5. To what street is William suddenly whisked off to in a taxi in order to cover a story regarding Mrs. Stitch?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the guests of Lord Copper's banquet amuse themselves while Lord Copper delivers his 38-minute speech?

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

4. How - and why - is Corker dressed upon his arrival in the dining room of the <i>Francmacon</i>?

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

6. How is William able to send his second big story to the <i>Daily Beast</i> after the Soviet coup?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the organ which puts the whole story in motion, The Daily Beast is of central importance both to the plot and the satire of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop. In an analytical essay, describe and evaluate the commercial machinations of The Daily Beast, focusing on how it is portrayed to be ridiculous. What is ironic about the paper? What is implied about the newspaper industry by the Beast serving as an exemplar? How do characters act towards the company?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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