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. How long does Mrs. Stitch take in the bath while John Boot waits?

3. What has Nannie Bloggs promised William if ever she wins the Irish Sweepstakes?

4. At what time does William Boot, after a harrowing morning in the hotel, reach Copper House, to Mr. Salter's dismay?

5. From what famous individual has Uncle Bernard traced William Boot's descent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Under what threat does William agree to be the <i>Daily Beast</i>'s war correspondent to Ishmaelia?

2. How do the journalists generally treat one another?

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

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

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

6. How - and why - is Corker dressed upon his arrival in the dining room of the <i>Francmacon</i>?

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

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

9. What is further revealed about William when he receives his first cable from the <i>Daily Beast</i>?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A significant part of Evelyn Waugh's satirical portrayal of the newspaper industry in Scoop is the emphasis on yellow journalism. Compose a well-developed essay analyzing the portrayal of yellow journalism and the significance given by the satirical portrayal of its practice. In what ways does the story implicitly condemn yellow journalism? What about the practice is implied to be wrong? What actions, statements, and events support your assertions?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In addition to satirizing the newspaper industry, Evelyn Waugh's Scoop also targets the life of British society, particularly of the upper classes. In a carefully written essay, analyze the portrayal of the British upper classes in Scoop. What characters are involved? How do they act? How do they speak? What is the relationship between Mrs. Stitch and the aristocracy? In what ways are the high-class socialites made to look ridiculous? What are their chief concerns in day-to-day life?

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