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 Jimmie and Mudder fight wildly in the apartment in Chapter 9, where is Maggie hiding?

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

3. During the show, what is Pete watching?

4. What is Maggie's impression of Pete?

5. What color does the book say Mudder's face turns when she is angry?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are Maggie's spirits so lifted by the plays she and Pete attend?

3. When Maggie comes out of the room after Jimmie's fight with Mudder, what does she see?

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

5. Describe Pete's appearance as he sits in the apartment with Maggie and Jimmie in Chapter 5.

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

7. Describe the old woman who lives near Jimmie and Maggie.

8. What is Jimmie's attitude toward well-dressed men?

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

10. Where does Pete take Maggie to amuse and impress her? Give at least two specific examples.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The poverty and chaos of the Rum Alley tenement unite its residents. Discuss in detail at least three examples or Rum Alley unity, including the circumstances of the unity, the motive behind the unity, and the purpose the unity serves to accomplish.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the effectiveness of the book in each of the following areas:

A) Overall theme.

B) Characterization.

C) Plot.

D) Use of literary devices (symbolism, metaphor, etc.).

Essay Topic 3

The book opens with a fight scene. How does this fact foreshadow the path of the entire book? Discuss at least three specific fight scenes from the book, concentrating on motives and outcomes.

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