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. Who had Lydia been dreaming of when the phone rang?

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

4. What time does Santiago call home?

5. How old is Avis?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Discuss the infighting that occurs amongst the Gospelteers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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