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 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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write about how Doctorow uses The Boy and The Girl to represent change in the novel. Perhaps because he is a young boy when the novel begins wearing sailor suits and grows into the beginnings of young manhood where he discovers girls, change is most noticeable in The Boy. When they meet in Atlantic City, neither of them recall looking eye-to-eye years ago on the street in New Rochelle. Tateh first becomes aware of The Girl's maturation on the train trip out of New York. Show how this growing up process works as a good benchmark for the passing of time in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Write your opinion of E. L. Doctorow's writing style. Include such things as his omitting quotation marks and writing in very short sentences. Cite specific passages in the novel that you think either did or did not convey (1) the feeling of the characters, (2) the imagery of the day, (3) the suspense of the plot, or any other concept you feel the novel addresses. How much does Doctorow's use of fictionalized real characters add to the interest of the novel?

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