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. Pimps earn wages by psychological manipulation, but do NOT do what?

2. Who is Chris's husband?

3. What is Runt doing when Blood returns from Sweet Jones' penthouse at the beginning of Chapter 11?

4. Chapter 9 begins Day 4 for Blood in his new life as a professional pimp. What happened to Runt the night before?

5. What is the time span of Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. Like many of the chapters, the title of Chapter 6, "Drilling for Oil" may have multiple meanings. What are two possible interpretations of the "Oil" that Slim is drilling for?

2. How is Bobby "torn from the nest"?

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

4. In what two ways does Pepper influence Blood?

5. Steve is never given a last name. What might be some reasons for this in the author's mind?

6. Many characters come and go in the story without being given names, even if they play a reasonably memorable role for the author (like the banker with the big tip in Chapter 1). However, in Chapter 9, Silas plays a singularly minor role and yet is given a name and place in the story. What significance could be attributed to this?

7. How does the IQ test Blood receives from his parole officer change his life in Chapter 3?

8. Why does Runt's failure to return after the wire beating prompt Blood to think about calling Mama in Chapter 11?

9. 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?

10. How does the incident with Melody provide a metaphor for Blood's relationship with and attitude towards the white world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The following statement appears at the very beginning of the book "Pimp: The Story of My Life": "This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or are use fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental." How does this statement affect the value of the story in your estimation?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout his life, Slim maintains contact with Mama, even going to sit by her deathbed for six months and ultimately forgiving her. Trace the evolution of Slim and Mama's relationship and show how the changes in their relationship are reflected in the concurrent changes in Slim's life, attitude and choices.

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