London Transports 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 city is "Holland Park" set?

2. What has been a problem in Margaret's marriage?

3. The narrator wonders if she and the woman in #17 ________________________.

4. Who do Frankie and the narrator realize that Frankie's boss' wife is?

5. What is the name of the married man with whom Lisa is involved?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lisa do when she realizes that her lover had intended to meet some other woman this weekend?

2. How does Margaret convince Harry that he has made the right decision to stay with her and their son?

3. What is Eddie's outlook on his profession and why does he say he cannot change it?

4. Describe Rita, the latest temp hired by the newspaper.

5. How does Pat's naivete show in her discussion and agreements with Joy and Marigold?

6. Why is Frankie determined to win over her new boss' wife?

7. What facts does Pat eventually learn about Marigold's manipulations and feigned illness?

8. What is Lisa's situation as the story begins?

9. What is revealed about Rita's husband?

10. How is the narrator mistakenly identified as a lesbian?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a character study of Nan in "Warren Street." What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Nan?

Essay Topic 2

Greed seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of greed? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of women in Ireland and England in the 1970s as Binchy portrays them. What precedents were they forced to follow? What role does poverty play in their lives? How does religion rule over their choices? How do they tend to view relationships with men?

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