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. Who is the landlady of 28 Barbary Lane?

2. When Mrs. Madrigal calls Edgar on Mona's behalf, how does Edgar react?

3. What does Mrs. Madrigal say she acquired by growing up in a whorehouse?

4. With what is Mary Ann frustrated about life in San Francisco?

5. What color shirt is Connie Bradshaw wearing when she meets Brian?

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. What does DeDe do after Splinter refuses her?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Mrs. Madrigal welcome Mary Ann to 28 Barbary Lane?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Frannie's relationship with her husband, Edgar and her relationship with her Great Dane. What does the writing and style of "The Diagnosis" show about these relationships? How do these relationships fit in with the overall theme of family in the novel? Give specific examples of their interactions and the theme in 'Tales of the City."

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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