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

2. Which member of the Boot family owns the motor car?

3. When William first arrives at the Megalopolitan building, he finds it:

4. How does Mr. Salter always answer Lord Copper when the latter is incorrect?

5. To what country does <i>The Daily Beast</i> want William Boot to travel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the French colonial administrator aboard the <i>Francmacon</i> perplexed by William going to Ishmaelia?

2. How does Mrs. Stitch react to John Boot's perplexed inquiries regarding his invitation to knighthood?

3. Describe William's interaction with his unusual fellow passenger in the restaurant car of the train to Marseilles.

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

5. How do William and Corker both feel about Dr. Benito at the meeting of the Foreign Press Association?

6. 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?

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

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

9. What has happened to Corker and Pigge on their journey to Laku?

10. How does Nannie Boggs misunderstand Mr. Salter's visit to Boot Magna Hall?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the protagonist of the story, William is the principle character around whom all of the novel's action revolves. Through action, the character of William is revealed. Analyze this revelation, explicating both the ways in which William changes from the beginning to the end of the story and the ways he remains the same. Describe his fundamental character traits and evaluate the presentation given of him in Scoop. What sort of character is he? Is the reader persuaded to view him sympathetically or not?

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

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?

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