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 member of the Boot household is the richest in ready cash?

2. What object does Corker purchase for himself while at Steamer Point?

3. How does Josephine Stitch always greet John Boot?

4. Where does John Boot wish to be sent, as revealed in his private conversation with Mrs. Stitch?

5. With whom does William meet at the first Ishmaelite Legation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How do the journalists generally treat one another?

5. What is ironic about the Consul-General of the first Ishmaelian Legation visited by William?

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

7. 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?

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

9. In what way is Uncle Theodore unlike any of Lord Copper's banquet guests of honor, before or after?

10. How does William avoid meeting with any of the important members of the <i>Daily Beast</i> when he arrives in London?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An essential and amusing part of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop is the use of telegrams, or cables for short. Write an analytical essay on their significance to the story, both in terms of character development and of satirization of the newspaper industry. What do the cables demonstrate about the particular characters in the story? What do they tell the reader about the newspaper industry?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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