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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. Who does Jimmie meet on the street when he leaves the apartment?
2. To what four animals are the fighters in Chapter 11 compared?
3. As he refuses to take Pete's money, what does the waiter call Pete?
4. When Maggie approaches Pete in the side street, what does he tell her to do?
5. What does Pete throw on the table just before falling asleep?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the true motives of the women surrounding Pete at the saloon in Chapter 18?
2. Describe the decor of the saloon where Pete works as a bartender.
3. How might Maggie's story be different if the stout gentleman she encounters in the suburbs stops to help her?
4. When Jimmie and Mudder say Maggie has "gone teh deh devil", what do they mean?
5. What are the women in the dark hallway saying as Jimmie passes them on his way out to find Pete?
6. How do Jimmie and his companion get Pete's attention after they sit down at the bar?
7. As the fight between Jimmie and his companion and Pete progresses, a beer glass is thrown. What happens next?
8. What is Maggie's reaction to the "painted" women she passes on her way out of the hall? Why does she react this way?
9. Compare the attitude of the Rum Alley tenement crowd toward Maggie with the attitude Maggie had toward the "painted" women in Chapter 12.
10. How does Nellie's attitude toward Pete in Chapter 18 reflect a sort of poetic justice?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
After a particularly combative day, Mudder and Jimmie have a brawl in the apartment in Chapter 9. At the end of this fight, Pete arrives to take Maggie out for the evening. There is a moment of decision as Maggie surveys the chaos and listens to Mudder's curses. Finally, Maggie decides to leave with Pete. Evaluate this decision based on at least two of the following factors:
A) The significance of the decision.
B) The ways Pete, Mudder, and Jimmie affect the decision.
C) The motives behind the decision.
D) The effects of the decision.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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