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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. 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>?

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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