Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When the dancing girl first appears in the show, what is she wearing?

2. What does Maggie do after dinner that makes her mother angry?

3. What does Maggie compare Pete to in Chapter 8?

4. What is Jimmie standing on as he curses his opponents in the street fight?

5. What faded pattern is on the carpet of the apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Pete's nonchalance and indifference at the show make Maggie feel?

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

3. Why are the "philosophers" of Rum Alley puzzled by Maggie's development?

4. How do the neighbors react to the fight between Mudder and Fader?

5. Why does Pete break up the fight between Jimmie and the Devil's Row boys, but encourages the fight between Jimmie and Blue Billie?

6. What is the condition of the apartment when Maggie and Pete leave on Friday night? What is Mudder's condition?

7. Briefly describe Mudder's appearance and demeanor when she is thrown out of the saloon.

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

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

10. Why does Maggie refuse Pete's request for a kiss? Explain your answer.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both police and firefighters are in positions of authority, but Jimmie has very different emotions and reactions toward these two groups. Compare and contrast Jimmie's hostility towards police and his admiration for fire engines.

Essay Topic 2

Define and discuss the concept of poetic justice. Find an example of poetic justice from the text and elaborate on it, pointing out exactly what happens and why it qualifies as poetic justice.

Essay Topic 3

Maggie emerges into young adulthood as the indisputable beauty of Rum Alley. The "philosophers" of Rum Alley debate how Maggie underwent such a dramatic physical transformation. They also discuss her beauty in terms of its potential consequences. Is Maggie's beauty an asset or a liability for her? Support your answer with evidence from the book.

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