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. When William first arrives at the Megalopolitan building, he finds it:

2. What is William's initial destination on his way to Ishmaelia?

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

4. Where is William intending to depart the train?

5. Which activity is Mrs. Stitch NOT performing from her bed when John Boot visits?

Short Essay Questions

1. By what misunderstanding is William Boot mistaken for the Boot that Lord Copper asked Mr. Salter to find?

2. Describe the personal quarters of Lord Copper within the Megalopolitan building.

3. For what reason does John Boot come to see Julia Stitch at the beginning of the story?

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

5. How does Nannie Boggs misunderstand Mr. Salter's visit to Boot Magna Hall?

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

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

8. What characterizes the speech of the black Ishmaelian speaking in Hyde Park when William takes a walk through?

9. What should stick out to the woefully unjournalistic mind of William when his fellow passenger also leaves the train in Marseilles?

10. How do Mr. Salter and the Managing Editor decide to see which of the two will take the blame for not having a Boot present at Lord Copper's banquet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

An element of satire that is particularly prevalent in Evelyn Waugh's Scoop is irony. Compose an essay which demonstrates the prevalent usage of irony in the novel by discussing these points:

1) What is irony?

2) How can irony be comic?

3) What are examples of comic irony in Scoop?

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