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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. How does Jonty describe Mr. Riley?
2. How does Cy respond to what he sees in the basin?
3. Why do women trust Riley?
4. How does Morecambe celebrate the coming armistice?
5. Why does Cy's mother board these "guests"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Cy's apprenticeship fare and what is an important lesson Cy learns?
2. What is the effect of alcohol on Riley?
3. How does the topic of sex give Cy some not-so-great memories?
4. Describe Cy's first interest in a girl and why it is disappointing.
5. What does Riley tell Cy about Michelangelo?
6. Describe Riley's death and Cy's response.
7. How does Riley come to offer Cy an apprenticeship and what is Cy's response?
8. What major theme is touched upon in this chapter and how is it expressed here?
9. How does Cy slip into starting to tattoo instead of just watching Riley and what is Riley's response?
10. What are some of the contrasting images seen in the very beginning of this book?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In part 1, it is revealed that Reeda Parks nurses dying TB patients and also assists her friend in performing abortions. This dual occupation could be considered ironic for several reasons. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Define the concept of irony.
2. Why could Reeda's two occupations be considered ironic? Use examples and detail in your explanation.
3. There are a number of ironic instances in the story. Go through the text and find several instances of ironic thoughts, statements, or events and explain the situation and why you believe it to be ironic.
Essay Topic 2
As the novel opens and then moves along to its conclusion, some characters seem to change more and some seem to stay the same. Choose one of the following and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Compare the character of Cy from who he seems to be during the first half of the book to the person he seems to be in the latter half. How is he alike? How different? Which "person" do you like the best? Why? How is Cy more alike and more different from Riley at the end then at the beginning?
2. Compare the character of Grace from who she seems when she is first introduced to how she seems after her hospital stay. How is she the same? How different? Which "person" do you like the best? Why? Has she changed more or less than Cy in the course of the novel?
3. Compare and contrast Riley, Claudia, and Reeda from who they seem to be when they are first introduced to who they are revealed to be by the end of the story. How much do they change or become who they really are? Or do they change? Who did you like at first and then dislike by the end of the story--and vice versa?
Essay Topic 3
In Part 2, "Babylon in Brooklyn," Cy views Henry as a younger, benign, redeemable version of Riley. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Compare and contrast Riley and Henry.
2. Why do you think Cy is willing to take on those who need a nursemaid in a sense? (Riley, Henry, Grace) Look at the characters in the book that Cy seems to partly "caregive" and compare how Cy treats each one.
3. Do you think Cy would have been willing to take care of Grace after her disfigurement had she been willing for him to do so? How do you think their relationship would have changed over time? Better or worse?
4. How do you reconcile the young Cy at the book's opening who abhors holding basins for ill boarders with the one who seems willing to symbolically do so?
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