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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 day does Maggie expect Pete to return?
2. What act follows the dancing girl in the show that Maggie and Pete attend?
3. While Jimmie listens outside the apartment door, what does Mudder threaten to do to Fader?
4. During the scuffle in the hallway, who opens the door to the apartment?
5. What is Jimmie standing on as he curses his opponents in the street fight?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the irony in the way Fader breaks up the fight between Jimmie and Blue Billie?
2. Why does Maggie refuse Pete's request for a kiss? Explain your answer.
3. When the author uses the phrase "a young man of leather" to describe Jimmie, what does he mean?
4. What is Jimmie's attitude toward well-dressed men?
5. Describe Jimmie's attitude toward the police.
6. In their main altercation in Chapter 2, what is Mudders accusation against Fader? What accusation is Fader's response?
7. Why are Maggie's spirits so lifted by the plays she and Pete attend?
8. What is the significance of Maggie choosing to go out with Pete at the end of Chapter 9?
9. Describe the old woman who lives near Jimmie and Maggie.
10. Briefly describe Mudder's appearance and demeanor when she is thrown out of the saloon.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
What event represents the turning point of the story? Identify the climax and explain its significance to any three of the following characters:
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