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 "His Mother's House", what is one of the few things Santiago Moses's mother brings with her when she moves into the house Santiago bought for her?

2. Which of the following is NOT one of the characteristics the protagonist of "The Store" lists about himself in regard to his service at his first job?

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

4. In "An Orange Line Train to Ballston", what part of the train system fascinates Marvin?

5. When does Lonney marry Brenda?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Religion emerges as a significant theme throughout the collection as Jones presents a nuanced approach to this central element of the African-American community. Discuss Jones' commentary on the institution of religion in the community he describes. How does Jones comment on the influence of religion in the African-American community? Is it a purely spiritual institution in the community? Or, does the church also serve a social purpose in the community?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Examine the way in which race emerges as a theme in the stories. Although the book is comprised of a majority of black characters, Jones still approaches and interrogates notions of race in the United States. Using evidence from at least four stories, discuss the way in which Jones treats the topic of race. Why does he choose to focus entirely on African-American characters? How do these characters perceive their own racial identity and place with the society of the United States? Is this perception influenced by generation or class?

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