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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 is an accurate description of the Ladies of Leeds?
2. How old is Cy when the book opens?
3. What does Cy not know?
4. Who is Muriel?
5. What does Riley admire about Cy?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Cy's apprenticeship fare and what is an important lesson Cy learns?
2. How does Riley come to offer Cy an apprenticeship and what is Cy's response?
3. What are some of the contrasting images seen in the very beginning of this book?
4. How does Cy's mother Reeda respond to his possible apprenticeship with Riley?
5. Of what are Cy's earliest memories?
6. Describe Cy's first interest in a girl and why it is disappointing.
7. How does Riley explain the colors used in tattooing?
8. What upsets the town council and what is Reeda's response?
9. Describe the type of clients that are often drawn to Riley's tattoo parlor.
10. What indication is there that "times are changing" even in a small town such as Morecambe? Why do you think this is so?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Part 2, "The Lady of Many Eyes," Cy goes to Varga's the night that Grace has given her the design so he can have a stiff drink or two before looking at the design. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Briefly describe the design and Cy's reaction to seeing it. Why do you think he reacts that way? He alternately wants to confront Grace and just accept. Why? What does he end up doing?
2. What do you think is the symbolic significance of the eye design? Why do you think Grace chooses it? If you were looking at someone covered in tattoos of a hieroglyphic-like eye, what would be your response?
3. What do you think Grace meant when she says in reply to Cy asking if she wants a full-body tattoo, "Sure. Until I am gone, poof, no more."? Is Grace using the tattooing of her body as a metaphor for something else? What?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
In Part 2, "Babylon in Brooklyn," the game of chess is introduced by the idea that chess is Varga's passion, and participants do not maintain European manners, but play viciously and inconsiderately. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. What characters are most involved in chess? How are they involved? Give examples.
2. Cy thinks he can understand who Grace is by understanding how she plays chess. Is he successful? What does he learn about Grace from her chess-playing style?
3. Grace is playing chess when Sedak assaults her. How is chess symbolic of this assault? Does Sedak achieve checkmate? Does Grace and Cy later achieve checkmate? Explain.
4. Why do you think Chess is so important in a novel which is predominantly about the world of the tattoo parlor? Do chess and tattoos belong together somehow?
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