Ragtime Test | Final 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. In reality, who are the baron and his daughter?

2. When the New York City papers get the story, what happens with Chief Conklin?

3. Who captures Mother's interest in Atlantic City?

4. What does Sarah decide to do to help Coalhouse?

5. What is the truth about Baron Ashkenazy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the beginning of the trouble with Coalhouse Walker?

2. Why does J. P. Morgan want to meet with Henry Ford?

3. What happens to Sarah at the rally?

4. That spring, what happens at the Matteawan State Prison Farm?

5. What does Sarah try to do to help Coalhouse?

6. What causes Younger Brother to run out of the parlor one evening after dinner?

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

8. Why is Emma Goldman arrested after Coalhouse takes over the museum?

9. How do the police learn about the history of Coalhouse Walker, Jr.?

10. What becomes of Younger Brother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Coalhouse Walker, Jr., plays Scott Joplin ragtime in the novel. Do some research and write a brief paper about the composer Scott Joplin. Why does Doctorow use the musical genre as the title of his book? To what extent do you think the music of an era defines that era?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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