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. What food do William, the French administrator, and the administrator's children reject while dining on the <i>Francmacon</i>?

3. What is the name of the ship in which William must travel to Aden?

4. What phrase does Corker tell William to cable back to London regarding Aden's military preparedness?

5. What object does Corker purchase for himself while at Steamer Point?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Lord Copper directly contradict himself while speaking to William about the Ishmaelian conflict?

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

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

4. How does Mr. Baldwin affect the counter-revolution which overthrows the Soviet Union of Ishmaelia?

5. Why has John Boot's situation in London become very awkward?

6. How do the journalists in Jacksonburg make up for the lack of news when they first arrive in Ishmaelia?

7. How is William treated when he first arrives at Croydon, and what affects this sort of treatment?

8. How do the journalists generally treat one another?

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

10. What important piece of news does Kätchen bring to William after the former spends a morning shopping?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As both a member of the aristocracy and the proprietor of The Daily Beast, Lord Copper is the link between the two primary targets of satire in Waugh's Scoop. Compose a thoroughly developed analytical essay on the character of Lord Copper. With what sort of people does he associate? What are his motivations in his actions? Is he a man of deep thought or mere self-importance? In what ways is his portrayal in Scoop satirical? What does this portrayal imply about the aristocracy? What does it imply about the newspaper industry?

Essay Topic 2

As the organ which puts the whole story in motion, The Daily Beast is of central importance both to the plot and the satire of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop. In an analytical essay, describe and evaluate the commercial machinations of The Daily Beast, focusing on how it is portrayed to be ridiculous. What is ironic about the paper? What is implied about the newspaper industry by the Beast serving as an exemplar? How do characters act towards the company?

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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