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 animal does the Captain of the <i>Francmacon</i>'s wife keep as a pet?

2. Which novel of John Boot's does Mrs. Stitch praise while abed?

3. What phrase does Corker tell William to cable back to London regarding Aden's military preparedness?

4. What longtime secret ambition of William's is near to fulfillment towards the end of Book 1, Chapter 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Mr. Salter sympathetic in thought if not action to William's desire to stay home and continue writing <i>Lush Places</i>?

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

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

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

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

7. How is William able to send his second big story to the <i>Daily Beast</i> after the Soviet coup?

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

9. How does Mr. Baldwin affect the counter-revolution which overthrows the Soviet Union of Ishmaelia?

10. Why has John Boot's situation in London become very awkward?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though the novel is full of bizarre, extraordinary characters, perhaps the most strongly exaggerated and therefore striking character in Scoop is Mr. Baldwin. In a well-structured essay, analyze Mr. Baldwin by answering these questions:

1) What character traits set Mr. Baldwin apart from everyone else in the story?

2) By what actions does Mr. Baldwin demonstrate himself to be unlike the rest of the story's characters?

3) What is the significance of Mr. Baldwin to the satirical nature of the story?

Essay Topic 2

In a carefully developed analytical essay, define satire, explain how a work of fiction may be satirical, and then demonstrate how Evelyn Waugh's Scoop is a satirical novel. Which characters and actions are satirical in nature? What is satirized and how? How are the elements of satire (irony, sarcasm, exaggeration, contrast) employed by Waugh?

Essay Topic 3

In contrast to his journalistic experiences, William, at the end of Scoop, returns to his beloved Lush Places column. Write an analytical essay which compares and contrasts the life that accompanies writing Lush Places with that which accompanies the covering of big news stories. Why would William prefer the former over the latter? In what ways is Lush Places superior to that of covering wars and foreign expeditions? Are there any perks to the position William forsakes? What does William's decision say about the newspaper, as the scenario is portrayed in Scoop?

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