Tales of the City Test | Mid-Book 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. In "Post-Mortem," what does Mary Ann do after looking at the "moon river"?

2. Where is Mary Ann Singleton originally from?

3. In "The Wrath of DeDe," of what does DeDe accuse Beauchamp?

4. In "Connie's Place," which emotion best describes Mary Ann's reaction to a magazine article about a co-ed orgy?

5. During which decade is the story set?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Mona's New Roomie," what does the reader learn about Mona and Michael's relationship?

2. Explain what happens when DeDe visits Mary Ann?

3. Why do neither Mary Ann nor Connie think they will stay in touch when Mary Ann moves out?

4. What advice does Edgar receive from his doctor and from Mrs. Madrigal?

5. How does Mrs. Madrigal welcome Mary Ann to 28 Barbary Lane?

6. Over what work issue does Edgar get angry with Beauchamp?

7. Mary Ann and Brian discuss secrets in San Francisco. Briefly state each of the character's views on this subject.

8. How is Mona's relationship with her mother different from her relationship with Mrs. Madrigal?

9. Briefly compare the two women in Edgar's life, Ruby Miller and Frannie.

10. How does Mona help Mary Ann when the two women first meet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the significance of the chapter titles throughout the novel. Choose at least 3 chapter titles and explain their layers of meaning, providing examples from the book to support your statements.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the several layers of meaning of the name of the pick up joint in "Brian Climbs the Walls," the Come Clean Laundromat. How is the name ironic? How does the name signify the reason that people go there?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of the nature of family in terms of the following two relationships: Mona and Mrs. Madrigal, Michael and Mona. What do these relationships signify about the author's view of family?

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