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. What idea for making money does Jones present to Bub?

2. Why does Boots want to dodge the draft?

3. How has Junto helped Boots dodge the draft?

4. How does Min describe her lonely bed?

5. Which statement best describes the relationship between Junto and Boots?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the significance of the money Lutie steals from Boots in Chapter 18.

2. What likely drew Junto to Mrs. Hedges?

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. Explain why Junto and Boots feel that they can discuss Lutie's future and disregard her hopes without her consent.

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. Analyze Mrs. Hedges' state of mind.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While Boots can certainly be considered a shady character, he has done far less to harm Lutie than either Jones or Junto. Why then do you believe it is Boots who Lutie ends up harming? Do you think this was a deliberate act on the part of the author? If so, what point was she trying to make? Did she succeed in making it?

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

Lutie's grandmother is a significant character in The Street, despite the fact that she has passed before it's telling. How does Petry make the grandmother as concrete a character as the other living characters? What techniques do you notice that allow the reader to feel as though they "know" the grandmother? What purpose does the grandmother serve within the novel?

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