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 was the physical condition of the rich prior to William Howard Taft becoming President?

2. What does Evelyn hope for in her husband's trial?

3. To where does Younger Brother ride the streetcar?

4. What does Evelyn do with most of her money?

5. What is a theme established in the first two chapters?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the gossip about Evelyn's disappearances to visit The Girl?

2. Why is Houdini thrown out of Bellevue Hospital?

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

4. How have the fortunes of Tateh and The girl changed?

5. What does Father decide to do to make up for the time he has not spent with The Boy?

6. What is Mother's concern about Younger Brother?

7. What does The Boy think bronze statues are?

8. What happens when Tateh is working in the Mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts?

9. What remarkable innovation in manufacturing took place about this time?

10. What happens on Houdini's tour of Europe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper explaining the difference between an anarchist and a socialist. These strange bedfellows come together in the meeting Tateh takes Evelyn to. Anarchists oppose any form of government and socialists promote total government control. Explain why Tateh did not agree with anarchism or communism. Why was he a socialist? Then decide if his later affluence changed his political ideas and why.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper about class distinctions in the novel. Examine the fixation Americans had on Europeans and whether it still exists today. [Compare to America's fixation on the late Princess Diana.] Use the arrival of Freud and Young as one example and Mother's preference for the Europeans at Atlantic City as another. Show how that also influences Tateh to adopt the persona of Baron Ashkenazy.

Essay Topic 3

Write your personal review of RAGTIME and make a recommendation for other readers. Write this paper as though you are a book reviewer for a large newspaper or national magazine. Be honest about what you liked or did not like about the book. [That it was required reading in class does not count as a reason to dislike the book.] Be specific when giving your reasons by quoting passages from the novel.

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