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. On her first date with Edgar, what does Mrs. Madrigal use to bribe the young people to use the kite?

2. After being fired, what does Mona tell Mrs. Madrigal?

3. Where does Mary Ann volunteer?

4. Why does Vincent claim that people call hot lines?

5. What does Mona bring Michael and Jon after their first night together?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Mary Ann's initial reaction to the lifestyle in San Francisco.

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

3. How does Mrs. Madrigal react when Mary Ann mentions the picture of the soldier in her bedroom?

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

5. What happens in Chapters 22 through 30 that shows how the narrative intersects the lives of its characters?

6. Briefly discuss the scenario between Mary Ann and Beauchamp in the Mendocino cabin.

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

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

9. What is the source of Edgar's bad temper and general unhappiness?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the theme of human frailty is explored in "Tales of the City." Give examples of the book to support your discussion on theme and make sure that you define theme.

Essay Topic 2

Norman Neal Williams does not meet a pleasant end. Discuss how the author uses foreshadowing to prepare the reader for what happens to Norman. Give 2 to 3 examples from the book to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

The one nuclear family in the book include the Halcyons: Edgar, Frannie, DeDe, and Beauchamp (by marriage). How does the author portray this family? Based on this portrayal, what can the reader infer about the author's view of family?

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