Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. With what sort of art is Corker infatuated?
2. For what item is William asked at the very end of Book 1, Chapter 3?
3. How many lords are on staff at the Megalopolitan office?
4. From what famous individual has Uncle Bernard traced William Boot's descent?
5. What sort of coin does William mistakenly attempt to give the steward on the train to London?
Short Essay Questions
1. What has happened to Corker and Pigge on their journey to Laku?
2. For what reason does Mr. Salter insist upon William keeping a low profile until the passport mess is sorted out?
3. What greatly inconveniences William on his arrival in Paris?
4. What begins to bother William professionally towards the end of Chapter 2?
5. How does Mrs. Stitch persuade Lord Copper to seek out John Boot as the foreign war correspondent to Ishmaelia?
6. Why does Mr. Salter insist on walking to Boot Magna Hall, rather than riding in the truck full of slag?
7. Why has Mrs. Stitch ended up with her car unfortunately stuck after driving down a flight of stairs?
8. What seemingly important piece of information does William uncover by talking with Jack Bannister, and why can he not make a story of it?
9. For what reason is William and Mr. Salter's first meeting rather awkward for both men?
10. What is further revealed about William when he receives his first cable from the <i>Daily Beast</i>?
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?
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?
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?
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