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. In "Gospel", how old is Anita?

2. What was Angie holding in her hand at the time of her death?

3. How many pages is the trial manuscript?

4. Who is the first member Vivian recruited in forming her Gospelteers?

5. How old is Avis?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why the judge tells Samuel Williams Sr.'s lawyer that he cannot defend a man who will not defend himself.

2. Discuss the infighting that occurs amongst the Gospelteers.

3. Describe the woman Mildred's husband had an affair with.

4. Why does Marvella keep her children at the school in Northwest?

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

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

7. In "A Butterfly on F Street", describe Mildred's mental state.

8. Discuss Lydia's desire to get "lost in the city" in order to deal with her grief at her mother's death.

9. Why does Santiago's grandmother ban him from her house?

10. Describe Lydia's lifestyle in "Lost in the City".

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the significance of education in two or more of the stories in this collection. How does education play a role in these stories? What is Jones' commentary regarding education itself and the role education plays in this particular community? Provide details from the stories to support your argument.

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

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?

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