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. What does Jimmie believe fine clothing represents?

2. When Jimmie happens upon his furiously screaming mother, what does he tell her to do?

3. Who says, "Is yer fader beatin' yer mudder, or yer mudder beatin' yer fader"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about Mudders condemnation of Maggie's evil ways?

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

3. How do the neighbors react to the fight between Mudder and Fader?

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

5. Based on the insights given in Chapter 12, how does Maggie feel about Pete? How does Pete feel about Maggie?

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

7. How does Mudder's behavior on Friday foreshadow the coming path of Maggie's life?

8. How does Pete rationalize his lack of guilt in the situation with Maggie?

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

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

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

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.

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