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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. With what is Coney Island drunk?
2. After hearing Grace talk, what does Cy wonder about her?
3. What is in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn?
4. What does Cy offer Nina?
5. Where does Cy go despite his vows never to return after Lulu's death?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does tattooing survive change?
2. What does the narrator say about the light in Brooklyn?
3. Describe the last image in the book and what you think is its meaning.
4. What are Sedak's motives in attacking Grace?
5. How does Grace send Eva's ghost packing?
6. When Grace is out of the hospital and visits Cy, how is her body described and how does Cy respond?
7. Describe the first few days that Cy spends at the hospital.
8. How does Cy compare Coney Island to Morecambe?
9. Why does Cy not knock on apartment number 104, though it draws him?
10. How had Grace come to be known by some many so that perhaps Sedak knows of her and judges her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
This book is as much about ideas as action/events, if not more so. Choose one of the following ideas and write a persuasive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Tattooing is as valid an art form as any seen in an art museum. (An idea woven throughout the entire book).
2. Horror, sin, evil and lunacy is truth on a par with the love of God and beatific goodness. (An idea found in Part 1, "The Kaiser and the Queen of Morecambe.")
3. America requires voyeurism in every attraction, because it substitutes emotion for thought. (An idea found in Part 2, "Babylon in Brooklyn.")
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," much narration is devoted to describing Coney Island. 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 and contrast Coney Island with Cy's boyhood home, Morecambe.
2. Find all the references to Coney Island and explain the relation of this setting to two of the major themes of the book.
3. How are Coney Island and the mystique of tattoos compatible? Not compatible?
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