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. Lisa thinks that the street vendor is _______________.

2. The street vendor thinks that Lisa is ___________________.

3. Rita is dating a white man who is a/an _____________________.

4. Malcolm and Melissa mistakenly think that the narrator and the person in #17 are ________________.

5. How does Margaret determine that she will provide a good life for her husband and son?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Pat thwart Stuart's plans for them to participate in an orgy?

2. What is revealed about Rita's husband?

3. Who is Mary and what preoccupies her thoughts as the Christmas holiday approaches?

4. What advice does May receive from her Australian roommate at the clinic?

5. What does Marigold tell Pat about their previous roommate, Nadia?

6. What two options does Margaret lay out for Harry when learning that he has impregnated a factory co-worker.

7. How does the narrator view the possibility of a lesbian relationship with her friend?

8. What does Mona learn about her own mother's view of her death from cancer that is similar to her own?

9. What is the source of Lisa's anxiety regarding her affair?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Several of the stories in LONDON TRANSPORTS are classic stories of betrayal. What does that classification entail? Why do some selected stories fit into this category? Explain.

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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