The Street 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 does Lutie find herself scolding Bub after she returns from The Casino in Chapter 13?

2. What does Mrs. Hedges tell Jones about Min's whereabouts after Min has been seen with the pushcart man?

3. According to Min, how does last winter's sky compare to this winter's sky?

4. How do Boots and Junto view Lutie?

5. What does Min decide to do about her miserable life with Jones?

Short Essay Questions

1. Boots hesitates before conceding to Junto's request that Lutie be left alone. What might that slight hesitation suggest?

2. Jones realizes that Min has left in Chapter 16. He notes how empty his apartment feels and is especially disturbed by the absence of the table. Why is Jones' reaction ironic?

3. It is both Lutie's presence and her absence that allows Jones to get a hold of Bub. Explain how this is possible.

4. Chapter 18 ends tragically when Lutie repeatedly strikes Boots in the head with a candlestick. What does the author intend for Boots to represent? Why does Lutie feel compelled to strike him so many times?

5. In Chapter 16, Bub is taken into custody by the post-office investigators. How does this fact impact Lutie's feelings about The Street?

6. What likely drew Junto to Mrs. Hedges?

7. At the close of Chapter 17, Lutie is desperate to escape the silence that seems to escape her. Throughout the book, Lutie seeks refuge from silence. Why does silence represent such a problem for Lutie?

8. Analyze Mrs. Hedges' state of mind.

9. Describe Jones' inability to own any responsibility for the nature of his relationship with Lutie.

10. What likely explains Lutie's decision to stop discussing money with Bub (made in Chapter 13)?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Min is a fairly docile character. Even though her mind is hard at work, she rarely voices an opinion, even about her own treatment. She juxtaposes other women who are quite different in nature. Mrs. Hedges is overtly vocal about what she thinks--giving unwarranted advice at times. Lutie may not always condemn things aloud, but she does not stand for them and will respond with some sort of action. In your opinion, which of the three characters best handles life? Whose approach has brought the most freedom? In contrast, which character's life choices have resulted in a less than desirable life? Support your ideas with evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 2

At the book's end, Lutie makes the decision to abandon her son. In her mind, she will be of no use to Bub as a murderer. Bub, who has been the center of her concern for the entire book, is suddenly and seemingly dismissed. As a reader, was this an action you could have predicted? If so, which of Lutie's qualities led you to believe she was capable of this type of behavior? If not, do you think this behavior is believable? Has the author acted within the limits of the character's personality?

Essay Topic 3

Has Ann Petry written a successful novel? If so, what qualities deem it so? If not, what qualities prevent its success? Support your answer with evidence from the text and your own prior knowledge.

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