Pimp: The Story of My Life Test | Final Test - Hard

Iceberg Slim
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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. Why does Blood feel the need for a fourth prostitute?

2. What has happened to Pretty Preston since Slim ran away to hide from the FBI?

3. Blood tells Runt he has another girl working for him in another city so that Runt will do what?

4. Where does Slim escape to from the State Workforce?

5. Who does Slim team up with to execute his plan after getting out of Leavenworth?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Slim's reliance on drugs catch up with him in the end of chapter 15?

2. Slim has two near-murder experiences in Chapter 20. Who does he nearly kill, how and why doesn't he?

3. While out on bail in Chapter 16, how does Slim show his true colors as a friend to Sweet Jones and why?

4. Twice in Chapter 19, Slim turns to family for help. To whom does he go and for what?

5. Why does Blood begin to feel like a real pimp in Chapter 13?

6. Why is Chris one of the few people who knows that Slim is addicted to cocaine in Chapter 13?

7. Mavis is a female drug dealer and one of the few women in the story who is not a prostitute. How does Mavis being female make her an appropriate target for Slim's robbery attempt in Chapter 17?

8. Why is image, represented by material things, so important to a pimp?

9. Why does Leroy's arrest drive Chris to work for Blood?

10. Slim's story about the State Workforce seems a little light on truth in Chapter 18. What are some elements that seem perhaps questionable?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 21, it is the news of Party Time's demise that finally provides the impetus for Slim to pull his life together and vow to quit drugs and pimping forever. What about this loss of his first street buddy, his first con partner, causes Slim to question every life decision he has made?

Essay Topic 2

Common reviews and/or criticisms of the book "Pimp: The Story of My Life" include:

It is actually categorized as a work of fiction.

It has poor character development, particularly of the female characters.

The slang is outdated and nearly unreadable.

The lurid detail is more self-serving than explicative.

The plot movement is slow.

It is an unapologetic and graphically real look at the lifestyle it attempts to portray.

The writing style is inspired and gripping.

Slim truly tells it like it is.

React to some of these statements and craft your own thoughtful and well-reasoned review of this book (attempt to use your knowledge of literary standards as opposed to visceral reaction).

Essay Topic 3

Opinion: Like many of the Harlem Renaissance writers of youth, Iceberg Slim resorts to street vernacular and slang not just for the character dialogue in his book, but for his own first person account. In your opinion what contribution does this make to the book? Does it emphasize the gritty reality of the book? Does it make Slim just sound illiterate? Does it make the book easy or difficult to read? Does it contribute to the atmosphere of the book? Does it seem necessary?

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