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. What color are the pigeons Betsy Ann receives from Miles?

2. What does Caesar do to convince Carol that he has read her note?

3. Why does Caesar dislike it when Manny calls his apartment?

4. In "Young Lions", what is the first thing Caesar eats/drinks from the refrigerator?

5. Where do Cassandra's sister and brother-in-law live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the protagonist's mother slap her across the mouth in "The First Day"?

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

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

4. Discuss the girls' encounter with Pearl and Joyce. What unconventional decision have they made?

5. How does Cassandra respond to teachers' attempts to set her straight?

6. What does Betsy Ann do to lose her father's trust? Why does he become so angry?

7. Discuss Caesar's feelings for Carol.

8. In "The First Day", why does the little girl at Walker-Jones Elementary look at the protagonist's mother as though she is "diseased"?

9. How does Cassandra response to Roger's attempt to rape Melanie?

10. Describe the conditions in which Betsy Ann's cousin Ralph grows up.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the way in which race emerges as a theme in the stories. Although the book is comprised of a majority of black characters, Jones still approaches and interrogates notions of race in the United States. Using evidence from at least four stories, discuss the way in which Jones treats the topic of race. Why does he choose to focus entirely on African-American characters? How do these characters perceive their own racial identity and place with the society of the United States? Is this perception influenced by generation or class?

Essay Topic 2

Relationships between women are central to many of the stories in this collection. Select three stories from the collection and discuss the way in which women form community amongst themselves. How does Jones portray the bonds between women in these stories? Are they mutually supportive? Antagonistic? Do these relationships fill any particular needs for the women who form them?

Essay Topic 3

Music is often an integral part of much African-American literature. Analyze the way in which music appears in this collection. Which stories most prominently feature music or musical elements? How does this music structure or shape the story? What does the music contribute to the characters or to the story itself?

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