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. The general consensus in the 1960s was that if the police roughed you up, ____________________.

2. Who had set up Jess to be injured at work?

3. Who is the butch who offers Jess a place to stay?

4. What would happen if gays were to fight back against the police during beatings?

5. Where is Jess working in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it a mistake for Jess to go into the Pink Pussy Kat Club looking for Milli?

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

3. What are the circumstances related to Jess being raped during high school?

4. How does Jess essentially save her life by running away from home?

5. Why does Angie suggest that Jess get a job in a factory?

6. Explain why Jess has a typical gay childhood?

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

8. Explain the relationship between Jess and Theresa and why they cannot protect each other from hurt in spite of their love.

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

10. What is ironic about the way butches and femmes relate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel takes place in the late 1960s as America is experiencing free love, war protests and radical shifts in music. Research this period in America and create a multimedia presentation of the clothes, food, music, and people during this time.

Essay Topic 2

Project into the future ten years after the end of the novel and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Jess and three other characters. Be sure to incorporate personal, political and cultural impacts on the characters' lives.

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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