Little Birds: Erotica Test | Final 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 Mary not want Mandra to meet her husband?

2. In what state does Rango generally live?

3. What happens when Albert tries to have sex with Faye?

4. How does Jan redirect Laura's attention from the ceiling at the end of "the Chanchiquito?"

5. Fill in the blank for this quote from "Mandra:" "[Miriam and Paul's] obsession [is] with the word that is the key to society--everything must be "________."

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rango treat Hilda after their first, failed sexual encounter?

2. How does the narrator compare her attractiveness to Miriam's appeal?

3. Describe Mary's life, from the story "Mandra"

4. What happens when Fay demands Albert make love to her?

5. In "The Chanchiquito", what happens to the old lady in Laura's uncle's story?

6. What reasons does Fay's husband give for not making love to her on their wedding night in the story "Saffron"?

7. For what reasons is the narrator and the mysterious man at the end of "A Model" drawn together, eventually becoming lovers?

8. Describe the scene where the painter decorates Bijou.

9. How does the painter know Bijou is faithless at the Art Ball?

10. In what ways is Mary described as being intensely sexual, yet frigid?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of feminism in this book in the following format:

Part 1) The woman's free sexuality in "the Woman on the Dunes."

Part 2) Hilda's submissiveness in "Hilda and Rango," as well as Rango's depicted violent nature.

Part 3) Mandra, Mary, and Miriam from "Mandra."

Part 4) The narrator of "a Model" and her decisions to control and defend her sexuality how she chooses.

Part 5) The Viking princess of "Sirocco" and her relationships with her husband and friend in Shanghai.

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

Essay Topic 2

How is sexual repression depicted in this book? How does a sexually repressed childhood (with conflicting messages) affect Dorothy and Edna of "Two Sisters?" Why is Lina repressed, despite her reciprocated attraction to her female friend? What about Maria from "the Maja?" How does this affect her marriage to Novalis and how does it affect his art? What do all of the repressed characters have in common? What changes their outlook on sex by the end of the stories and how does it fundamentally seem to change them?

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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