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. According to Mandra, what has Mary never experienced?

2. How does the painter decorate himself for the Art Ball at the end of "The Queen?"

3. How does Mandra describe her beauty in relation to Miriam's natural beauty?

4. In Laura's mind during "the Chanchiquito," what forms images on the ceiling?

5. What, in particular, does Faye buy at the end of the story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the painter view Bijou?

3. How does Fay discover Albert is being unfaithful?

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

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

6. How are Paul and Miriam full of "aristocratic impudence?"

7. How does Hilda change throughout the course of this story?

8. What leads up to Albert finally making love to his wife?

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

10. Describe some of the narrator's first modeling jobs, including her experienced with the artists in "A Model."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Bijou and Mary? Why is it significant that both women are depicted as being highly promiscuous? Why is it important to note that descriptions of these characters are filtered through the perceptions of people who are attracted to them (and, in Bijou's case, infuriated by her)? In what way is Mary able to break out of her role? Why are both women depicted as being so unhappy? How does this reflect upon the people who pursue relationships with them? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of artists and art in this book. Be sure that your answer covers how the occupation of some of these artists reflect upon their characters, temperament, and the author's tendency to portray the characters as bohemians, as well as how it relates to their sexuality. Besides this, also discuss times when these ideas are subverted with another character and how that relate to the portrayal of artists.

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