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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 happens to Sarah in the hospital?
2. Who leaves a message that he wants to meet with Coalhouse?
3. What became the decorating theme of that day after Morgan talked to Henry Ford?
4. What is the first response to the police from the museum?
5. What does the family learn about Coalhouse Walker, Jr.?
Short Essay Questions
1. What suddenly worries Sarah after the Fire House incident?
2. What happens on Houdini's tour of Europe?
3. How does Mother's and Father's relationship change in Atlantic City?
4. What becomes of Younger Brother?
5. What is Younger Brother's first act as a revolutionary and outlaw?
6. What is Sarah's funeral like?
7. What plans do Father and Mother make to get away from the Coalhouse problem?
8. After Coalhouse arranges for his gang to escape, what happens to him?
9. What is keeping Father busy that summer?
10. How have the fortunes of Tateh and The girl changed?
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 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 3
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.
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