Little Birds: Erotica 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. In what region does "The Woman on the Dunes" take place?

2. What is a pissoir?

3. What does Lina claim about her experiences in Michel's apartment?

4. What does Louis see when he spies on the couple in the house?

5. What causes Maria to go into deep sleeps?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what reasons does Manuel want to move into the apartment with the terrace?

2. Describe Robert and Dorothy's relationship from the time to they meet until the time they first make love.

3. For what reasons does Edna begin to find her self-confidence again after becoming estranged from Harry?

4. What leads up to the schoolgirls running from Manuel at the end of this story?

5. Describe the scene with the four girls in Manuel's apartment on their second visit.

6. What happens have Lina, Michel, and the narrator sleep together?

7. How is Maria finally able to overcome her aversion to sensuality?

8. What are the differing opinions given on why Lina behaves the way she does with the narrator?

9. Why does the woman pass out in her story as the Russian dies?

10. How does Michel seduce Lina?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the characters of Manuel and Rango in the following format:

Part 1) Compare and contrast the two men.

Part 2) Manuel's fetish for innocence.

Part 3) Rango's desire for submission.

Part 4) The two men and their relationship to control.

Part 5) The two men having no control in certain areas (Manuel's wife being the breadwinner and Rango being an alcoholic).

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of homosexuality in this novel in the following format:

Part 1) Lina and the narrator.

Part 2) The narrator from "A Model."

Part 3) Mandra.

Part 4) Dorothy, John, and Donald.

Part 5) Lesbians and the lack of homosexual men in this book.

Part 6) Sensuality.

Develop a clear thesis and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Why is this book called "Little Birds?" How does the title relate to the activities in the title story of this book? How does this theme relate to other characters and situations? Why is it significant that a collection of erotic stories should choose to have this connotation? In what ways does this help to subvert the idea that this book is merely pornography? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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