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. What does Novalis do without Maria's knowledge while she sleeps?

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

3. To what animal is Lina frequently compared?

4. While using the toilet, why does Manuel leave the door to the bathroom open while the girls are in his apartment?

5. How long does it take Manuel to renovate the new apartments?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Manuel plan to entice the schoolgirls to his apartment?

2. For what reasons, in the woman's story, are the people so stirred up about the impending execution of the Russian radical?

3. What are Lina's views on lesbianism?

4. What are the only ways Manuel can become aroused?

5. What is a sirocco and how does it affect the narrator?

6. What happens to the woman in the crowd while awaiting the Russian execution?

7. Why does Edna marry Harry and how does she grow apart from him?

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

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

10. How does Louis "court" the woman in the ocean before he tries to make love to her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the characters' sexual awakenings in the following format:

Part 1) The repression of several characters.

Part 2) These characters' interactions with others. How does this affect their relationships?

Part 3) Their pride and resistance to breaking through their repression.

Part 4) The hypocritically repressed.

Part 5) The characters after they have experienced their sexual awakenings.

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

Essay Topic 2

What role does the author's language play in the eroticism and sensuality of this book? How does the phrasing and format both increase the sensuality while keeping the reader at a distance from the proceedings? How is this seen, in particular, in "the Woman on the Dunes?" In what ways are the characters' extreme intensity and seriousness increased by the language and writing? Develop a clear thesis statement on this topic and pattern an essay around these questions (though not exclusively). Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

In what ways is innocence and curiosity seen as a sexually attractive trait in some of these stories? Compose an essay on this topic and develop a clear thesis statement. Discuss the characters who have these traits, as well as the characters who become attracted to them, and the outcomes of their relationships. Certain stories that should definitely be focused on (but not exclusively) include "Little Birds" and "Runaway." Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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