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. Where do Pete and Maggie often go together on weekday evenings?

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

3. What does Jimmie believe fine clothing represents?

4. Who arrives at the apartment at the conclusion of the fight between Jimmie and Mudder?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Maggie refuse Pete's request for a kiss? Explain your answer.

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

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

7. Does Mudder enjoy her perceived win in the fight with Fader? Explain your answer.

8. Describe the setting of the opening scene of Chapter 1.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Maggie emerges into young adulthood as the indisputable beauty of Rum Alley. The "philosophers" of Rum Alley debate how Maggie underwent such a dramatic physical transformation. They also discuss her beauty in terms of its potential consequences. Is Maggie's beauty an asset or a liability for her? Support your answer with evidence from the book.

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

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.).

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