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 is Miles' profession?

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

3. How much does Mildred give Cassandra for gas?

4. Whose pigeons does Betsy Ann go to visit for the second time?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the environment in which Betsy Ann grows up.

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

3. What do the pigeons symbolize?

4. How does Robert respond to his daughter's desire to raise pigeons of her own?

5. How does the protagonist of "The First Day" describe the woman who greets her at Seaton Elementary?

6. What is the central difference between Caesar and Sherman?

7. Describe Robert's reaction to becoming a widower and single father in "The Girl Who Raised Pigeons."

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

9. Describe the conversation between the girls about the effect Rhonda's fame will have on her.

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

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

In the background of each of the stories in the collection, the framework of the government and legal structure appears to hinder or support the characters. Selecting at least 2 or 3 of the stories in the collection, analyze Jones' commentary regarding the success or failure of the U.S. government to provide for the people of this community. Does Jones seem to think that the government has failed its people? Or, that it does a good job protecting their rights? Or, is his commentary perhaps more nuanced? Provide details from the text to support your argument.

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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