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 happens when a woman striker is shot?

3. Who was in the opposite cell of The Tombs as the great escape artist worked his feat?

4. What does Father find on Mother's bedside table?

5. What happened often when Freud was around Jung?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does The Boy recover from the trash?

2. How does Evelyn lose The Girl?

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

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

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

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

7. Why does socialite Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish bring Houdini and circus freaks to her house?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Look up information of minstrel shows which were popular in America from the late 1800s through the 1930s. Describe them and give your opinion about them as entertainment. Even Scott Joplin performed in minstrel shows during his lifetime. Al Jolson, a Jewish man, became famous blacking his face and performing in minstrels. It was of course a demeaning representation of black people as a whole and contributed to the stereotype of the race that went on into the movies until the late 1950s. Discuss how much you think such entertainments delayed the civil rights movement in America.

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