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 city is Mr. Salter attempting to locate in an atlas on occasion of his first meeting with William Boot?

2. What important individual initially meets William at the equipment emporium?

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

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

5. What bizarre claim does the pseudo-consul of the second Ishmaelite Legation make?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the names of two places named for General Cruttwell?

2. Why is it, as revealed by the narrator at the beginning of Book 2, that no colonial powers have taken Ishmaelia?

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

4. How does Erik Olafsen change the more alcohol he drinks, and why is this significant?

5. Why do the newspapers routinely return from the sickrooms "hopelessly mutilated" at Boot Magna Hall?

6. What does the Boot family think about Mr. Salter when he arrives at Boot Magna Hall?

7. For what reason does John Boot come to see Julia Stitch at the beginning of the story?

8. With what common and well-practiced activity is William content to live out his life?

9. How does Mrs. Stitch persuade Lord Copper to seek out John Boot as the foreign war correspondent to Ishmaelia?

10. In his mind, how is William's job as the author of the <i>Lush Places</i> column in the <i>Daily Beast</i> is threatened?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The primary target of Evelyn Waugh's satirical novel Scoop is the newspaper industry as a whole. Though not explicitly attacked at any one moment in the story, the industry is repeatedly derided by the actions of those who represent it and the effects they produce by their actions. Analyze this satirization of the newspaper industry. What absurdities about the industry are revealed by Waugh's novel? What are the motivations of the papers in the story? What sort of journalism do they practice, and how is it shown to be lacking?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In addition to poking fun at the lifestyles of Britain's rich and famous, Evelyn Waugh's Scoop places an ironic twist on literary romance. Usually the protagonist wins the beautiful damsel, sweeping her away from the insensitive brute. In Scoop, the damsel goes off with the brute after using the resources of the protagonist for personal gain. Write an analysis of the "love story" within Scoop. In what ways does it ironically parallel the traditional romantic story of literature? What is the significance of the corrupted love story to the whole of the plot? How does it affect William?

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