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. What did Pearl discover about a week after Humphrey was born?

2. On which ring does Lydia pick up the telephone?

3. What position does Lonney's father hold?

4. What toy does Madeleine bring with her as Maddie drags the children out of the house?

5. What does Lydia ask of the nurse who calls to inform her of her mother's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Santiago makes money.

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

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

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

5. Discuss the infighting that occurs amongst the Gospelteers.

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

7. What does the protagonist of "The Store" do when Penny decides to sell the store?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Jones' commentary on the Social Security system in "Marie." How does his creation of the character Marie and his account of her troubles comment on the state of Social Security in the nation? Which details of Marie's story most strongly support Jones'scommentary? Why does he craft Marie the way he does? What is he saying about the way the country treats the elderly?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Throughout the collection, Jones presents a fairly nuanced portrayal of gender roles in the African-American community of Washington, D.C. Select at least 3 short stories from the collection and discuss the ways in which the characters in these stories respond to the roles imposed on them based on their gender. Do these characters conform or rebel? What do we learn about them based on their compliance or defiance? What might Jones' message regarding gender roles be?

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