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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 is Jimmie's family's last name?

2. How does the air in the collar and cuff factory make Maggie feel?

3. What does the author say disguises Maggie's looks when she is a child?

4. In an attempt to impress Pete, what does Maggie fix up and hang over the stove?

5. Who is the bartender at the saloon from which Mudder is removed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Maggie suddenly dissatisfied with her clothes and her life?

2. What is ironic about Mudders condemnation of Maggie's evil ways?

3. How does Nellie's attitude toward Pete in Chapter 18 reflect a sort of poetic justice?

4. How is Jimmie's turn as "head of the family" similar to the reign of Fader?

5. How does Nellie manipulate Pete to get him to leave with her?

6. Why does the "painted" girl direct her glances toward the rural, less educated men?

7. What is the irony in the way Fader breaks up the fight between Jimmie and Blue Billie?

8. How might Maggie's story be different if the stout gentleman she encounters in the suburbs stops to help her?

9. Does Jimmie seem more afraid of his mother or his father? Explain your answer.

10. What are the true motives of the women surrounding Pete at the saloon in Chapter 18?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Maggie is ultimately responsible for her decisions and the path of her life, but several other characters play a role in Maggie's development. Identify at least three characters that have an impact on Maggie's life and analyze their level of responsibility for Maggie's tragic end.

Essay Topic 2

How is the saloon in Chapter 11 a metaphor for Pete's life? Discuss both internal and external characteristics.

Essay Topic 3

Why does Pete's reappearance in Jimmie's life so dramatically impact Maggie's satisfaction with her own life? List and describe at least four areas of life that become increasingly unsatisfactory to Maggie as her relationship with Pete develops. What steps does Maggie take to improve these areas of her life? What does this say about her?

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