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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 she thinks about Maggie begging to come home at some future date, what does Mudder do?
2. To what four animals are the fighters in Chapter 11 compared?
3. When Maggie relates the tragic tales of her childhood, who does Pete denounce as "jays"?
4. Who throws the first punch in the saloon fight?
5. When Maggie asks "Who?" as she wanders, who tries to answer her question?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Mudder treat Maggie when Maggie finally returns home? What is Maggie's reaction to Mudder's treatment?
2. Why is Mudder raving when Jimmie finally comes home after his saloon fight?
3. Why does the "painted" girl direct her glances toward the rural, less educated men?
4. What is the state of the apartment when Jimmie arrives home in Chapter 10?
5. What is ironic about Mudders condemnation of Maggie's evil ways?
6. Why does the old woman stop Jimmie to report what she witnessed in the hallway?
7. What does Jimmie do when the policeman arrives to break up the saloon fight?
8. How might Maggie's story be different if the stout gentleman she encounters in the suburbs stops to help her?
9. How does Nellie's attitude toward Pete in Chapter 18 reflect a sort of poetic justice?
10. When Jimmie and Mudder say Maggie has "gone teh deh devil", what do they mean?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How is the saloon in Chapter 11 a metaphor for Pete's life? Discuss both internal and external characteristics.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Discuss the plays Pete and Maggie go to see as metaphors for Maggie's life. Identify the three main characters in these plays and explain how each serves as a metaphor for people in Maggie's life.
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