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. To what does "unnatural" correspond in the telegram William receives at Aden?

2. Of what does Mr. Salter insist Lord Copper must remain ignorant?

3. What beverage does Corker attempt to order from the steward on the boat?

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

5. What is the cost to transport William's luggage to his first destination?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the condition of the <i>Francmacon</i>, the ship upon which William has to sail from Marseilles.

3. 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?

4. By what misunderstanding is William Boot mistaken for the Boot that Lord Copper asked Mr. Salter to find?

5. What begins to bother William professionally towards the end of Chapter 2?

6. How do the journalists generally treat one another?

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

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

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

10. For what reason does Mr. Salter insist upon William keeping a low profile until the passport mess is sorted out?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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