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. Why is Ed dressed up at Jess' house in Chapter 11?

2. What is the name of Toni's femme?

3. In addition to being beaten in jail, Butch Al is also _______________.

4. Butch Al has the masculine clothes, strength of form, and ________________ that Jess dreams about having.

5. Who had been Butch Ro's femme?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Jess' entry into the gay lifestyle as a young person and the way she learns to manage her emotions.

2. Describe Jess' life as she assimilates into gay life in Buffalo.

3. What is the premise of Chapter 1?

4. What happens when Jess and Ed show up at the funeral not wearing dresses?

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

6. How does Jess accept the fact that a black man gets a job she is capable of too?

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

8. How does Theresa react to Jess' desire to take male hormones?

9. What is the importance of camaraderie among the factory workers?

10. What unusual request can Jess not meet after the death of Butch Ro?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story takes place as America is experiencing the Hippie Generation, the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and drug usage in the late 1960s. Explain the significance of these political and cultural events on Jess and the other bi-gendered people in her life. How would Jess' life be different if she were living as a young woman today? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the novel's title STONE BUTCH BLUES. Why did Feinberg choose this title? Is there an understood message in the title? Is there another title you can suggest that might be more appropriate?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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