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. After telling Lutie about Junto's proposition, what instructions does Boots give Junto when asking him to leave the apartment?

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

3. What does Jones conclude about the best way to get to Lutie?

4. What was Boots' life like before he met Junto?

5. What does Mr. Crosse tell Lutie after hearing her sing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Analyze Mrs. Hedges' state of mind.

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

3. What does Boots' ultimate decision to obey Junto's request to leave Lutie alone say about his character?

4. Chapter 15 begins with a description of the sky. As Min looks up, she recalls that last year's skies were far more colorful. How does this contrast in the skies' colors reflect Min's life?

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

7. What likely drew Junto to Mrs. Hedges?

8. In Chapter 17, Lutie is going to visit Bub at the Children's Shelter. The day is dark and grim. How has the author used the weather to supplement the telling of this story? How does the author's decision to use weather to supplement a story's telling impact the reader?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Every writer has his or her own style. That style is marked by word choice, sentence structure, and elements like characterization and plot development. How would you describe Ann Petry's style? Be sure to use direct quotes from the text to illustrate your point. It may be helpful to compare and contrast Petry to other authors you've read.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Bub is deathly afraid of the dark. It seems that darkness is always accompanied by Lutie's absence. How do you think Lutie has impacted Bub's fears? What conclusions can you draw about what Bub's life will be like now that Lutie has fled?

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