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. Upon arriving at the cabin in Mendocino, what is Mary Ann bothered by?

2. When DeDe makes up a story about being raped, who does she claim raped her?

3. What is the reason Mrs. Madrigal gives for wanting to meet Mona?

4. On the day Mary Ann is invited for dinner, Mona leaves work early in order to reassure whom?

5. Which tenant does Mary Ann meet while she takes out her trash?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is DeDe convinced of when she finds the scarf in the car?

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

4. How are Edgar and Mrs. Madrigal connected even though they don't know it at first?

5. What happens that makes Michael admit to Jon that he is trying to make himself more attractive?

6. What does DeDe do after Splinter refuses her?

7. What does Mona tell Mary Ann to try to convince her to stay in San Francisco?

8. What does the reader learn about Peter from the scene when he and Beauchamp are at the opera?

9. Briefly discuss the argument between Edgar and Mrs. Madrigal as regards Mona's employment.

10. Explain what happens when DeDe visits Mary Ann?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the symbolism of parrots in the novel. What do parrots symbolize? How do parrots impact the novel? Give specific examples from the book to support your discussion and make sure that you define symbolism in the essay.

Essay Topic 2

Many of the characters in the book seem search for something. Choose 3 characters and explain what they are searching for, how they go about it, and what the result of the search is, using quotes from the book to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

How does the narrative intersect the lives of the characters in unexpected ways? Give at least two examples from the book. How does this interconnectedness contribute to the overall plot? Why do you think the author felt the need to connect all the characters?

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