Open City 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 disease does Julius say killed his father?

2. What does Dr. Maillotte tell Julius she thinks about Nigerians?

3. What does the local bishop say in response to the event that has created controversy in Brussels when Julius arrives there?

4. What was Julius’ friend Dr. Saito’s field of study?

5. Whose music does Julius hear that causes him to stop shopping and sit and listen in the Tower Records?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do we know about Julius’ relationships, in this first chapter?

2. What are Farouq’s two projects?

3. What is the style of the opening pages of Open City, and what kind of expectation do they set up in the reader?

4. How does Farouq surprise Julius?

5. What is the feeling Julius wakes up from his dream with, in the beginning of Chapter 10, in his first days in Brussels?

6. What kind of trip does Julius make to Brussels?

7. What kind of person does Julius show himself to be in the taxi he gets home from American Folk Art Museum?

8. What does Julius say his work requires of him, and what does he say he enjoys about it?

9. What is Julius’ relationship with his oma like?

10. What theme emerges in the clothing Julius notices on the people all around him in his wanderings through the city at the beginning of Chapter 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Would you recommend Open City to a friend? What kind of friend would you recommend Open City to? What kind of friend would you not recommend this book to? What does this distinction tell you about the qualities of the novel itself? What does it tell you about your own critical values?

Essay Topic 2

Write an evaluative review of Open City. What is this book’s place in our culture? Who will find this book most useful? What are its uses? What are its limitations?

Essay Topic 3

Who is the audience for Open City? What is the ideal reader for Open City likely to think about the book’s main topics? How does this book try to affect the reader? What is it trying to teach him or her, or get him or her to do?

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