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. Why is it a busy time of the year for Father's business?

2. What worries Father after the baseball game?

3. What does Coalhouse Walker, Jr., do to identify himself.

4. What innovation of Henry Ford's was about to revolutionize American manufacturing?

5. Why do the police pay little attention to burglaries at Father's fireworks factory?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What plans do Father and Mother make to get away from the Coalhouse problem?

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

6. What brings Younger Brother back to life after his breakup with Evelyn?

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

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

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

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

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 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 3

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.

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