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. Which two groups of boys are involved in the opening street fight?

2. Who does Maggie wish she could talk to about Pete?

3. When Maggie sees that Jimmie has been fighting, what does she warn him that Mudder will do?

4. As young men start to notice Maggie, what does Jimmie tell her she should do?

5. As he argues with Fader in the doorway, with what does Jimmie get hit?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When the author uses the phrase "a young man of leather" to describe Jimmie, what does he mean?

3. How does Mudder express her anger with Jimmie's fighting?

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

5. Why do Jimmie and Blue Billie fight in Chapter 1?

6. Describe the fear that begins to rise in Maggie's heart as she looks at the people around her.

7. What is Maggie's reaction to the show? Give specific examples of her behavior.

8. What is the significance of Maggie choosing to go out with Pete at the end of Chapter 9?

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

10. How does Pete's reappearance in the story affect Maggie's view of her life and surroundings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Maggie's reaction to the "painted" women in Chapter 12 is one of the most obvious examples of foreshadowing in this book. Discuss the concept of foreshadowing and explain how Maggie's reaction is an example of foreshadowing. Use specific citations from the text to support your points.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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