Pimp: The Story of My Life 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. When Bobby gets out of Reformatory, where is Mama working?

2. What does Blood tell himself when Runt leaves and doesn't return after he beats her with the wire?

3. Why does Pretty Preston's attempt at revenge on Sweet Jones fail?

4. After her first time time talking with Blood, what does Runt agree to do for him?

5. How is Sweet Jones' motivation for pimping described?

Short Essay Questions

1. In spite of having worked as a pimp for less than a full day in Chicago, Blood nevertheless provides Runt with a full set of "rules for whoring" in the neighborhood. Why does he do this and where would he have gotten these rules?

2. How does Party Time protect Bobby in Chapter 2, and why?

3. Diamond Tooth Jimmy and Party Time (Chapter 2), Weeping Shorty (Chapter 3), Poison, Sweet Jones, Glass Top and Pretty Preston are all street names for pimps and other characters of the underworld that Blood inhabits. What are some other professions that prefer or require nicknames for their operatives and why?

4. Who are the first pimps and prostitutes in young Bobby's life and how is his encounter with them a generally positive experience?

5. Does it seem somewhat perverse that Blood whips Runt with a wire and then gets depressed when she leaves and doesn't come back by her usual time in Chapter 11? What does this say about the nature of an abusive relationship?

6. How does Blood show his courage and psychological insight in his dealings with Sweet Jones in Chapter 6?

7. How does Blood's experience with Pepper instill in him a desire for money?

8. What is one of Slim's secrets to success for pimping in Chicago?

9. Apart from a beating, what does Sweet Jones provide for Blood during their first meeting?

10. Another good name for Chapter 2 might be "Down a Dark Alley." What are three ways in which this name would be appropriate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tuskegee University has an opportunity to turn Bobby Beck into a Harlem Renaissance man, a black man full of creative power and prolific ability. Instead, they turn him out of the school after Bobby cannot be convinced to obey the rules. Is the University "cutting off its nose to spite its face" with this rejection of talent and genius? Should the school take on the responsibility of preventing an obviously troubled youth from becoming another crime statistic, particularly in an era when opportunities for black men were so few and far between and the need for powerful black intellectuals was so critical in the social equality movement? Conversely, is it the school's responsibility to babysit ungrateful children who cannot simply comply with reasonable standards for straight living and personal achievement?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Runt and Chris. How do their backgrounds differ, particularly with respect to their involvement with Slim? How does this affect their personal interactions with Slim and his treatment and regard for them?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Steve and Slim's biological fathers. How are their influences on Slim's life and choices similar or different? Both will turn up again in Slim's life; how are those encounters different? How does Slim react to each encounter and how does he feel afterward?

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