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. In Chapter 4, for what is the preacher's audience waiting?

3. When Mudder curses Maggie, what does she call her?

4. Who tries to warn the boys that Jimmie's father is approaching?

5. Where does Jimmie walk on the way to the apartment after the street brawl of Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the irony in the way Fader breaks up the fight between Jimmie and Blue Billie?

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

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

4. What is Jimmie's reaction when Fader tries to steal the old woman's beer?

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

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

7. Why does Jimmie have such great respect for fire engines?

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

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

10. Describe Maggie's treatment of Tommie as they walk home. What does Maggie's behavior tell us about her upbringing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What event represents the turning point of the story? Identify the climax and explain its significance to any three of the following characters:

A) Maggie.

B) Pete.

C) Mudder.

D) Jimmie.

E) Nellie.

Essay Topic 3

Define and discuss the concept of hypocrisy. Where do you see hypocrisy at work in the story? Identify and explain at least two examples of hypocrisy in the text.

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