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 sort of coin does William mistakenly attempt to give the steward on the train to London?

2. How much of the <i>Francmacon</i>'s deck is given up to the captain's quarters?

3. What position does John Boot initially seek from Mr. Stitch as a means of foreign employ?

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

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

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 journalists generally treat one another?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Throughout Scoop, Waugh takes things that are ordinarily considered to be serious or important, and at once exaggerates their importance to some people while utterly discarding it to others. Analyze this satirical, sarcastic exaggeration in an essay that addresses the politics of Ishmaelia, the newspapers, British high society, wealth, and fame. What characters consider these things important? Which consider them unimportant, if they consider them at all? What is implied about the importance of such things by these contrasted considerations?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Part of Waugh's satirical presentation of the newspaper industry is the attitude of the journalists. Compose an analytical essay which discusses the various ways in which the journalists chase after stories. How do they attempt to get a leg-up on the competition? What sort of loyalties do they form, and how are they broken? Do they really care about the news or just about reporting it? What is implied about the industry by the actions of the journalists?

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