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 does Evelyn do with most of her money?

2. What does Mother find buried in her garden?

3. To where does Younger Brother ride the streetcar?

4. What is Matthew Henson's special knowledge that make him invaluable to Perry?

5. Who will be speaking at the meeting Evelyn goes to with Tateh and the girl?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Evelyn doing with Younger Brother after Tateh and The girl leave?

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

3. What is it that Evelyn Nesbit does not understand when she sees The Girl tied to her father?

4. What is Father's condition when he returns form the Arctic?

5. How does Evelyn lose The Girl?

6. What does The Boy think bronze statues are?

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

8. What is Perry's attitude towards the Esquimo people?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do some research and write a brief paper on J. Pierpont Morgan. Political cartoons of his time pictured Morgan as being bigger than Uncle Sam. In fact, he did bail out the U.S. economy at one time. There is even an undertone of racism in Morgan in the novel when he cables the D. A. to give Coalhouse his auto and hang him. From your research, explain how Doctorow's use of Morgan in the novel is believable.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on racial discrimination in the North at the turn of the century. The commonly held belief is that racial discrimination is exclusive to the South. The story of RAGTIME takes place in New York, Philadelphia, New England, and Atlantic City. Point out the many examples Doctorow gives of discrimination against blacks and Jews in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

On their trip out of New York, Tateh observes a completely different country from what he had known in New York. Doctorow says that for the first time Tateh began to think he might be able to live in America. Use examples of what Tateh and The Girl see on their trip that are so different from anything they had ever seen in New York and explain how those sights began to change Tateh's outlook on America. Then look at Freud's visit to New York and what they force him to go see. Give your opinion as to whether Freud might have had a different opinion of America if he had seen the more rural side of the country.

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