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. Why does Dorothy begin to have an affair with Donald?

2. Why is the mysterious woman not afraid of Louis swimming with her?

3. Though she refuses to engage in intercourse, what does Lina continually attempt to do to the narrator?

4. Why does Dorothy resent Robert?

5. Why does Lina grow angry at the narrator in the cafe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the Viking woman leave her husband and what results from it?

4. In what ways does Lina try to seduce the narrator?

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

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

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

8. Describe Dorothy and Edna in "Two Sisters."

9. How do Novalis and Maria begin to grow apart?

10. Why did the Viking woman get married?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the marriage of Novalis and Maria in terms of their fantasies for one another. Develop a clear thesis statement and be sure to discuss the following (though not exclusively): Novalis's attraction to "Maja Desnuda" and Maria's resemblance to that model, Maria and Novalis's conflicting desires, Maria's conservatism (as well as Novalis's reactions to this), and the changes within their relationship throughout the story. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of innocence in "Little Birds" in the following format:

Part 1) The schoolgirls (and unsuspecting ladies) in "Little Birds."

Part 2) Maria in "the Maja."

Part 3) The narrator in "a Model."

Part 4) Jeannette in "Runaway."

Develop a clear thesis statement and apply it to these characters. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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