The Pushcart War Test | Final Test - Hard

Jean Merrill
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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. Where does the Police Commissioner put his gun after the arrival of The Three?

2. What does Larry Gilbert, age 8, say he'll miss if the pushcarts aren't allowed to operate?

3. How many police cars are sent to the scene at Beecker Street?

4. Why does Ms. Portlette not stay until the end of the meeting?

5. What is the public property destruction the Mayor mentions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Frank the Flower's confession after the raid on Maxie's and why does the Police Commissioner want to believe it?

2. What does the Police Commissioner say is wrong with following the demands of the truckers?

3. Why does Miriam Portlette take notes of the meeting of The Three?

4. What is Maxie's theory of war with regard to money?

5. What is the reaction of the pushcart vendors after Maxie is arrested?

6. What does Maxie Hammerman tell the pushcart vendors they must do now, and what is the significance of that order to Mr. Jerusalem?

7. What happens to Morris the Florist during the march?

8. What is it that goes through Mack's mind and makes him crash into the pushcarts?

9. What is Mack's reaction to being locked up so close to Frank the Flower?

10. Why is the truce so much harder on the pushcart vendors than on the truck drivers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Mayor Elmer P. Cudd. What kind of person is he? List at least three times when the Mayor changes his position or requests the impossible in order to appease his constituents.

Essay Topic 2

What is the Peace March? Describe the march and the events that occur during the march. What happens to make the march less than peaceful?

Essay Topic 3

Who is the Pushcart King? What is his role in the lives of the vendors? There's another person interested in his work as the story draws to a close. Who is that person and what does the Pushcart King think about it?

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