Lost in the City: Stories Test | Final 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 long have Joyce and Rickey been married?

2. After Humphrey falls asleep on the couch, what falls out of his pocket?

3. What is Jesse Mae wearing that causes a sensation among the women?

4. What is the name of the judge who sentences Samuel Sr.?

5. What is Mildred following through the city?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Santiago makes money.

2. How do the Gospelteers respond to the fire at the church?

3. Why was the protagonist of "The Store" initially hesitant to respond to the ad in the paper?

4. In "An Orange Line Train to Ballston", describe the opening of the story.

5. Explain why Marvella scolds Avis at the opening of the story.

6. In "The Store", how does the protagonist begin his employment at the grocery store?

7. Discuss the way the dreadlock man responds to Marvella's children.

8. Discuss the infighting that occurs amongst the Gospelteers.

9. In "Gospel", describe Vivian L. Slater's Sunday morning ritual.

10. In "The Store", why does Kentucky criticize the protagonist?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Crime is a central theme in many of the stories in this collection. Explore Jones' commentary on the type(s), severity, and impact of crime on the African-American community in Washington, D.C. What is the central message regarding crime? How does Jones convey this message in the stories in the collection? Are the stories effective in carrying this message to the reader?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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