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. How old is Jill?

2. With whom had Rita lived for a year in Wales?

3. What does Lisa think as she waits for her lover to pick her up for the trip?

4. What reason does Lisa's lover give her for being away for a few hours?

5. Frankie often turns to the unnamed narrator who rescues her from _____________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the irony of the narrator's attempt to convince Frankie's boss's wife that Frankie is a good employee?

3. How is Rita different from the other temps in the office?

4. What is the narrator's concern after being identified as a lesbian at the party?

5. What is Sophie's personal and professional relationship with Peggy?

6. What is the premise of "Queensway"?

7. What is the source of Julia's angst in "Tottenham Court Road"?

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

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

10. Describe the evening when Frankie and the narrator visit the BBC Club for drinks.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Maeve Binchy is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 3

What is the overall setting for the stories? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Binchy choose to use these places in the book?

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