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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 does Mrs. Hedges recall when Lutie leaves her apartment?

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

3. How did white people treat Boots before he began working for Junto?

4. What does Lutie read in the newspaper on the train one evening on her way home from work?

5. How was Mrs. Hedges affected by the fire?

Short Essay Questions

1. What likely drew Junto to Mrs. Hedges?

2. Analyze Mrs. Hedges' state of mind.

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

4. How does Bub's initial refusal to participate in the mail scheme reflect his character and his mother's expectations?

5. Why does Jones think that Min is standing between him and Lutie? Is this assumption reasonable? Explain.

6. Does the author's decision to write Chapter 12 from Jones's point of view impacted the readers' impression of the character?

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Up until the novel's end, Lutie can be heralded as a virtuous character. Then, she kills Boots. In an essay, chart Lutie's decline and go further to explain it. What is the author's message in the demise of her main and moral character?

Essay Topic 2

The Street ends tragically. Not only is Lutie now a murderer, but she has abandoned her child. Considering the gravity of both of these acts, are you sympathetic to Lutie? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The Street explores the dynamics of racism and sexism through main character Lutie Johnson. Lutie consistently expresses her frustration and hatred toward both systems of inequality. Toward the book's end, though, Lutie considers the idea that all of her troubles might not simply be manifestations of her race and gender. Maybe she is suffering so much because of poverty. Of these three debilitating systems--racism, sexism, and poverty--which, if any, do you think is most crippling for Lutie? Or do you believe they work together to cripple her? Provide examples from the text to support your answer.

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