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. Which of the following do Butch Al and Jacqueline NOT teach Jess?

2. Which of the following do the police NOT do to Ed?

3. What is the name of the bar where Jess goes after being kicked out of the bus station?

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

5. Who is the teacher who busts the girls' room to catch smokers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of Jess being called a "stone" butch?

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

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

4. What is the premise of Chapter 1?

5. How does Jess meet Theresa?

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

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

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

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

10. What are the circumstances in which Jess loses her butch virginity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of parental influence is a strong one and mostly negative on Jess. How was Jess' family fighting its own battles related to anti-Semitism? Does that help to explain why they could not risk a lesbian daughter to add to their torment? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one theme in the play. Identify at least two themes in the play. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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