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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 leads Bub to tell Jones he's ready to make some extra money?
2. What ultimate decision does Boots make about Lutie after meeting with Junto?
3. How did Junto react to Mrs. Hedges eating chicken out of a trashcan?
4. Which statement best describes the relationship between Junto and Boots?
5. How do Boots and Junto view Lutie?
Short Essay Questions
1. Unfortunately, Bub's demise can be directly tied to Lutie. Despite her many attempts to keep Bub safe, she is actually the bait used to trap him. What message is the author trying to reveal with this fact?
2. In Chapter 13, Lutie is yet again propositioned. She's presented with the opportunity to receive free singing lessons if she'd just allow Mr. Crosse to see her a couple of times a week. Lutie refuses. What drives Lutie's determination not to exchange her body for personal advancement?
3. Jones is under the impression that Lutie would not have reacted so negatively to his advances if Min had not let the dog out. Is this an accurate assumption on Jones' part? Explain.
4. Boots hesitates before conceding to Junto's request that Lutie be left alone. What might that slight hesitation suggest?
5. 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?
6. How does Bub's initial refusal to participate in the mail scheme reflect his character and his mother's expectations?
7. Why does Jones think that Min is standing between him and Lutie? Is this assumption reasonable? Explain.
8. Though Min has left Jones at the end of Chapter 15, she still has thoughts of her inadequacy. What does her insinuating conversation with the pushcart man lead the reader to believe?
9. Describe Jones' inability to own any responsibility for the nature of his relationship with Lutie.
10. Why does Junto refusal to fight in the war?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Jones suffers from some sort of mental disease. This fact is noted throughout The Street. Still, not one of the characters suggests that Jones might seek professional help for his condition. Why do you think the characters just dismiss Jones' state as hopeless? Why do you think Jones hasn't considered professional help himself? How might Jones be different if he were shown a bit of compassion from those who surround him? And lastly, what does his dismissal suggest about the society we live in?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Considering the context of the book and the author's ideas on sexism, racism, and poverty, do you think Lutie ever had a chance at success? If she had been able to escape the role of murderer, do you think she would have made it off "The Street"? Explain your response and support it with details from the text.
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