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

2. From what illness does Clara die?

3. Where does Cassandra drive Gladys Harper?

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

5. How old are the mentally handicapped woman and her housemates?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the final interaction between Caesar and Carol.

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

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

6. How does Cassandra respond to the fight she has with her brother-in-law?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the role of geography, space, and place in two or more of the stories in Jones' collection. How does Jones capture, explore, and comment on the urban environment of Washington, D.C.? How does Jones enlarge conventional notions of the nation's capitol city? In what ways do the depictions of the city in these stories interact with or build upon on another? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the role of history in this collection of stories. On the micro level, how does personal history appear in the stories individually or as a group? On the macro level, how does national history influence the stories in the collection? Is history an inescapable force that determines all possibilities in the stories? Or, is it something that may be overcome? In your analysis, address one story in depth or discuss the overarching themes of history which connect several stories in the collection.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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