Stone Butch Blues Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Leslie Feinberg
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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 is considered butch-femme courtship?

2. What lie does Jess tell in order to get out of the mental hospital?

3. What major life change is Jess considering in Chapter 13?

4. Why did the police typically raid gay bars?

5. Where does Jess try to sleep on the first night on her own?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the topic of feminism enter into Jess and Theresa's life?

2. What is Tifka's and why does Jess find it a haven?

3. Why are the bars not safe havens for the homosexuals and cross-dressers?

4. Describe the nature of factory life in the 1960s.

5. Describe the circumstances in which Jess is deliberately set up to be hurt at the bindery.

6. When does Jess first learn that there are other people like her and that she may be able to find them?

7. Who is Butch Al and why is she so important to Jess' life?

8. How does the author insert some levity into the story?

9. What happens to Jess on her first night on her own?

10. Describe the first time that Jess experiences a police beating and the impact it has on her.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Feinberg is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony. Briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 2

Create a character study of Theresa. What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Theresa?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Feinberg use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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