Lost in the City: Stories Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Edward P. Jones
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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. Where do Betsy Ann's pigeons fly away to each morning?

2. When does "The Night Rhonda Ferguson Was Killed" take place?

3. How much does the protagonist's mother give to the woman who assists in completing the forms in "The First Day"?

4. Where did Caesar first see the mentally handicapped woman?

5. What does the protagonist's mother do when the teacher introduces herself in "The First Day"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The First Day", how well prepared is the protagonist's mother to enroll her child in school?

2. Describe the final interaction between Caesar and Carol.

3. How does Robert treat his daughter Betsy Ann?

4. How does the protagonist's mother feel about leaving her child at the school in "The First Day"?

5. In "Young Lions", discuss Carol's feelings for Caesar.

6. How do Caesar and Carol steal from their mark?

7. Describe the character of Cassandra G. Lewis in "The Night Rhonda Ferguson Was Killed".

8. Describe the relationship between Robert and Clara in "The Girl Who Raised Pigeons."

9. How does Caesar con Carol into participating in his plot to rob the disabled woman?

10. What do the pigeons symbolize?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the ways in which class is portrayed in the collection. Referencing at least three different characters and/or stories, discuss the presentation of the upper-, middle-, and lower-classes in this collection. With whom does Jones seem to side? Which characters are portrayed with the most sympathy? Which seem to be most constrained or affected by their class status? What is Jones' message regarding class in this collection?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the way in which Jones portrays poverty in this book. Through a close examination of at least three characters in the book, discuss Jones' approach to the sensitive topic of poverty in the African-American community. Are these characters defined by their socio-economic status? How does he treat characters who live in poverty? Does their economic standing seem a reflection of their own actions or of a flawed system?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the role of community in the stories throughout this collection. How do people form community in Jones' work? What do their communities mean in their daily lives? What is Jones' commentary about the significance of community and social interaction?

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