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. What is the source of the argument between Beauchamp and Mary Ann when they are in bed together for the first time?

2. In "Connie's Bummer Night," how do Mary Ann and Connie part ways?

3. Why does DeDe visit Mary Ann at Barbary Lane?

4. How is Beauchamp related to Edgar Halcyon?

5. Where does Mary Ann find a job?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mary Ann feel after her weekend in Mendocino with Beauchamp?

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

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

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

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

6. Of what does Hillary accuse Brian? How does he react?

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

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

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

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

"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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how the theme of the tension between sexual freedom and emotional freedom is explored in "Tales of the City." Give examples from the book, using quotes and definite theme in your essay.

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