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 does the protagonist's mother see as the "beginning and end of the world"?

2. What advice does Robert receive from Carleton and Carlos?

3. Where do Betsy Ann and her father live?

4. What does Cassandra fight with her brother-in-law about?

5. In "The Girl Who Raised Pigeons", how old is Miles?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the final interaction between Caesar and Carol.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What do the pigeons symbolize?

8. In "The First Day", how does the protagonist's mother prepare her for the first day of school?

9. Why is the protagonist of "The First Day" turned away from Seaton Elementary?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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