Ragtime 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 happens when the American Woolen Company gives out envelopes with short pay?

2. What does The Boy think happens to people, animals, or objects in a motion picture?

3. The winter The Boy was skating on the pond, where were Tateh and The Girl?

4. When Freud visited New York and saw the early motion pictures, what was his thought?

5. After a second trial, what sentence does Harry K. Shaw receive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes Harry K. Shaw to propose marriage to Evelyn Nesbit?

2. How do the second generation Irish feel about the new immigrants?

3. How are Tateh and The Girl rescued from being separated?

4. How is Father sent off on his trip with the Perry expedition to the North Pole?

5. What sight as they sail out of New York Harbor depresses Father?

6. What does the Franklin Novelty Company do with Tateh's books?

7. What are the lead workers doing as Perry comes leisurely behind?

8. What idea does Tateh have that makes them money.

9. Who are the famous psychologists who visit New York at this time and what is their reaction?

10. What does Evelyn see when she goes with Tateh to a socialist meeting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper about the transformation of Tateh in the novel from the time he was scandalized by his wife and Evelyn until he romps on the beach in Atlantic City. Discuss what you think makes the transformation. Is there a tendency for the poor to be judgmental of the morals of the rich? If so, why? How does affluence change a persons attitude toward all things in society? What are the good and bad points of such changes?

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper comparing Evelyn Nesbit with notorious movie stars of the 20th century. A good comparison might be to Marilyn Monroe. Compare their beginnings, Evelyn's posing nude for a statue and Marilyn appearing nude in Playboy Magazine, their notoriety in the press, and their many romantic entanglements. Doctorow suggests that Evelyn is the model for all the show business women who followed her. This should be a fun paper to write.

Essay Topic 3

Look up information on Henry Ford and the assembly line production of Model-T cars and write a brief paper. What did Ford's assembly line have to do with Coalhouse Walker's ability to own a brand new Model-T? What does Coalhouse's car symbolize to the men at Emerald Isle Fire Station? Does ownership of the car give Coalhouse an air of superiority? Analyze how the car might have affected Father who never really liked Coalhouse. When Father and The Boy go into New York to the Giants game, they take the train. Even though he can afford a car, why does the family not seem to have one?

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