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

2. After conversing with William about their respective destinations, William's companion on the train begins to read what?

3. With how many other passengers does William fly on his way to Paris?

4. What French philosopher is mentioned in Book 1, Chapter 4, section 6?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How has Sir Jocelyn Hitchcock left the service of Lord Copper's <i>Daily Beast</i>?

3. Why is Mr. Salter sympathetic in thought if not action to William's desire to stay home and continue writing <i>Lush Places</i>?

4. 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?

5. How is Lord Copper is made at ease in the unfamiliar social circle of Lady Metroland?

6. What realization prompts Lord Copper to see himself as a lonely, deserted leader, having to make do for the incompetence of his subordinates?

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

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

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

10. What primarily disgusts William about the <i>Daily Beast</i> on his return to civilized parts of the world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In a carefully developed analytical essay, define satire, explain how a work of fiction may be satirical, and then demonstrate how Evelyn Waugh's Scoop is a satirical novel. Which characters and actions are satirical in nature? What is satirized and how? How are the elements of satire (irony, sarcasm, exaggeration, contrast) employed by Waugh?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In a well-developed analytical essay, compare and contrast two of the caricaturizations in Scoop. Examples would be Mrs. Julia Stitch, Nannie Bloggs, Corker, Kätchen's husband, Frau Dressler, and Mr. Baldwin. Each is representative, in an exaggerated, ridiculous way, of a strong type of character. How are your choices portrayed in the story? In what ways are these caricaturized portrayals alike? In what ways are they different? What effect on the reader is produced by each caricaturization? How is the reader invited to perceive the characters?

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