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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 Father do with all the family watching?

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

3. What does Evelyn see that causes her to order the driver to stop the car?

4. Who is on the mind of Mother's Younger Brother?

5. What began to be heard in the ghettos?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Father return alone to New York, leaving the family in Atlantic City.

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

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

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

5. Describe Morgan's buildings on Madison Avenue in Murray Hill.

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

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

8. What infatuation comes over Mother's Younger brother?

9. What are Tateh's plans for him and The Girl as they leave New York?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the rags-to-riches story of Tateh, aka Baron Ashkenazy. Tateh's story is the embodiment of the American dream--the poor immigrant who eventually achieves success. While you write this account focus on the moral shift in Tateh's thinking. Note the difference in his uptight morality that drove his wife and Evelyn away in the early part of the story and his romping with Mother in Atlantic City as the reinvented Baron Ashkenazy. There are even sexual overtones to the scene where they are searching for The Boy and The Girl and eventually they marry.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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