The Blues I'm Playing 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. Where is Left Bank?

2. What did Oceola's mother do in the new city?

3. What is the occupation of the person who recommends Oceola to Mrs. Ellsworth?

4. What does Oceola think of Mrs. Ellsworth's interest?

5. How did the person who recommends Oceola meet her?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Ellsworth react to Oceola's news at the end of Section 4 of the story?

2. What themes does the music that Oceola plays at the end of the story reflect?

3. How does Oceola feel about art?

4. What belief of the artists, specifically, does Oceola have a problem with while she is abroad?

5. What does Mrs. Ellsworth arrange for Oceola after she realizes she will not give up her passions?

6. Describe Pete Williams.

7. What does Mrs. Ellsworth reply when Oceola sings, "I'd go up on de mountain/And call my baby back" at the end of the story?

8. What does Mrs. Ellsworth succeed in doing concerning Oceola in Section 4 of the story?

9. What does Oceola think about Mrs. Ellsworth's attitude at the end of the story?

10. What does Mrs. Ellsworth say to Oceola concerning Pete at the end of "The Blues I'm Playing"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Love is a theme that runs through many literary pieces, and it is a prominent theme in "The Blues I'm Playing." The two main characters view love as differently as they view art. What value does Mrs. Ellsworth place on love? Why? What value does Oceola place on love? Why? Compare and contrast the two characters' perceptions of love. Make sure you answer each question and use examples from the story to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

There are many different themes in "The Blues I'm Playing," and one of them is gossip. How does gossip play a role in "The Blues I'm Playing"? What does Mrs. Ellsworth find out through gossip? How do her findings that stem from gossip influence her decisions? Make sure you answer each question and use examples from the story to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Usually, a clear transformation can be seen in the characters of piece of a literature, but it is not so apparent in "The Blues I'm Playing." Have Oceola and Mrs. Ellsworth transformed in any way? How has Mrs. Ellsworth changed, and how has she stayed the same? How has Oceola changed, and how has she stayed the same?

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