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

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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 grabs Mudder to take her home, what is her response?

2. Where does Pete promise to take Maggie in the summer?

3. What animal does Chapter 4 compare Jimmie with as he drives?

4. What is Jimmie's family's last name?

5. What does Jimmie's father do to the two fighting boys?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the symbolism of Mudder focusing on the worsted boots and wanting to put them back on Maggie's dead feet?

4. What is Jimmie's attitude toward Mudder when he finds her yelling in the tenement hallway?

5. Describe the behavior of the audience during the first act of the show.

6. Compare the attitude of the Rum Alley tenement crowd toward Maggie with the attitude Maggie had toward the "painted" women in Chapter 12.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the morality of Rum Alley based on each of the following scenarios:

A) Fader and Mudder disciplining violence with more violence.

B) The old woman trading her kindness for favors.

C) Jimmie fighting to protect the old woman's beer.

Essay Topic 2

Although Maggie makes a conscious decision to be with Pete, she still clearly has feelings for Mudder and Jimmie. Identify at least two instances where Maggie makes an effort to reconnect with her family. Discuss the steps Maggie takes and the reactions she meets with from Jimmie and Mudder. What does this say about their family dynamics and values?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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