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. Why does Mrs. Stitch prefer the sort of car she drives?

2. Which Roman author is Josephine reading on John Boot's arrival?

3. What beverage does Mr. Salter assume William Boot enjoys?

4. With whom does William meet at the first Ishmaelite Legation?

5. Who is the highest paid journalist in America, about whom Corker tells William a story?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What is ironic about the Consul-General of the first Ishmaelian Legation visited by William?

3. Why does Mr. Salter insist on walking to Boot Magna Hall, rather than riding in the truck full of slag?

4. What has happened to Corker and Pigge on their journey to Laku?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

In contrast to his journalistic experiences, William, at the end of Scoop, returns to his beloved Lush Places column. Write an analytical essay which compares and contrasts the life that accompanies writing Lush Places with that which accompanies the covering of big news stories. Why would William prefer the former over the latter? In what ways is Lush Places superior to that of covering wars and foreign expeditions? Are there any perks to the position William forsakes? What does William's decision say about the newspaper, as the scenario is portrayed in Scoop?

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