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. Why does Ruby think Edgar is not seeing any improvements?

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

3. Why is Edgar seeing Ruby Miller?

4. What gift does Mary Ann receive as her welcome gift?

5. What does Mrs. Madrigal tell Edgar as she hands him the kite?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which other significant character does Mary Ann meet at Social Safeway?

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

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

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

5. How does Mrs. Madrigal comfort Edgar after he confesses that he is dying?

6. Explain what happens when DeDe visits Mary Ann?

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

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

9. What does DeDe do after Splinter refuses her?

10. What is Mona worried about after Michael meets Jon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the setting of the book (San Francisco in the 1970's) impacts the plot and the characters. Give specific examples by choosing a few characters to focus on, including their reactions and lifestyle choices.

Essay Topic 2

"Tales of the City" was originally published as a daily newspaper serial. Explore how the story fits the serial format versus the novel format. In what ways does the structure of the novel give away its beginning as a serial drama in a newspaper?

Essay Topic 3

How does the author build on the mystery surrounding the character of Mrs. Madrigal? What do readers know about her? What do we not know? How does the author use other characters to reveal pieces of the puzzle surrounding Mrs. Madrigal's character?

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