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 many members does Holy Tabernacle AME Zion have?

2. How old is Santiago at the beginning of the story?

3. What station does Vivian switch the radio to?

4. What does Samuel Sr. say to his sister after he kills Angie?

5. What does Mildred notice as she speaks to the woman?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the significance of the title of "His Mother's House".

2. How does Samuel Jr. react when he learns that his sister has kept contact with their father over the years?

3. How does the protagonist of "The Store" garner promotion within the store?

4. How does Mansfield's mistress talk to Lydia about her husband?

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

6. Describe the first job the protagonist has in "The Store".

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

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

9. Discuss Lydia's mother's reaction to the first boy she brings home.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the way in which the stories of "Lost in the City" comment on the role of aspirations and the "American Dream" within the African-American community. Using 3-4 of the stories in the collection, discuss the means through which the characters attempt to improve their socioeconomic status. Are these means within or outside of the established system? Do these strategies effective uplift members of the community? Why or why not? What is Jones' message about attempts to reach economic or social prosperity?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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