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. How is the funeral described?

2. What kind of music does Coalhouse play?

3. Why does Father go to the police?

4. What event is a great disappointment to Morgan?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Morgan think about making automobiles available to the masses?

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

4. When the police cannot find Coalhouse, what does Father do?

5. What suddenly worries Sarah after the Fire House incident?

6. What is keeping Father busy that summer?

7. What becomes fashionable because of Morgan's obsession with Egyptology?

8. What happens to Sarah at the rally?

9. What does Father decide to do to make up for the time he has not spent with The Boy?

10. After Coalhouse arranges for his gang to escape, what happens to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write a paper on the subject of art as seen in the novel. Take it from Tateh's silhouettes to Morgan's collection. Tateh's cutout silhouettes and movie books are art for the people. On the other hand, Morgans fabulous art collection are limited to the upper classes. Tateh's art leads him to film animation and making movies. Morgan's art is nearly destroyed in one quick action. Mother's association with art is limited to putting up Egyptian wallpaper. Your paper should discuss how art influences people and the value of art as an equalizer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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