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

2. Who leaves Mary Ann her welcome gift?

3. What is Mary Ann's job before she moves to San Fransisco?

4. After being propositioned at a nightclub by a "long-haired man," what does Mary Ann do?

5. Where are the couple when Edgar confesses to Mrs. Madrigal that he is dying?

Short Essay Questions

1. At Frannie's party, what happens to the conductor and where does he go?

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

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

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

5. How does Edgar Halcyon describe himself?

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

7. Describe Mrs. Madrigal and Mary Ann's initial interaction.

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

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

10. Why does Mary Ann consider moving back to Cleveland and what changes her mind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the overall style of the book, "Tales of the City." Make sure your answer includes the following:

1. How the short chapters contribute to the style.

2. The chapters alternate between different characters. How does this impact the style of the book?

3. Many chapters have cliffhanger endings. How does this impact the style of the book?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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