McTeague: A Story of San Francisco 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. How does Mr. McTeague react to Trina's greeting as they walk to Schuetzen Park?

2. What does Mr. McTeague conclude about his relationship with Trina in Chapter 4?

3. In Chapter 2, what does Marcus do while he and Trina wait for her appointment with Mr. McTeague?

4. After Mr. McTeague and Trina's date at the theater, who meets the Sieppes at Parlours?

5. How does Marcus react to Mr. McTeague's comment about the champagne at the wedding?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Maria do to interest Zerkow?

2. How does Mr. McTeague meet Trina?

3. What does Maria do after the lottery celebration?

4. How is the McTeague's first major argument resolved?

5. What changes Mr. McTeague's mood when he arrives back at Parlours after his confrontation with Marcus at the coffee shop in Chapter 8?

6. How does Trina react to Mr. McTeague upon his arrival at the station? Is this the reaction Mr. McTeague expected?

7. About what subject do the McTeague's have their first major argument?

8. What does Trina conclude about why Maria is marrying Zerkow?

9. Is Trina comfortable with Mr. McTeague?

10. What is Marcus more upset about than losing Trina In Chapter 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Trina finally accepts Mr. McTeague's proposal his feeling for her cool. This cat and mouse theme plays throughout the book within many relationships. Compare and contrast two different relationships and how they run hot and cold.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 16, Zerkow is finally driven past the threshold of madness. Even though he believes he found his wife's treasure, why does Trina believe he chose to kill himself? What two other characters are driven to madness and why?

Essay Topic 3

Money plays a big role in the book. In what ways do the following characters perpetuate the myth that "money can buy happiness:" Trina, Maria, and Marcus? In what ways do the characters prove this adage wrong?

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