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 Mary Ann's boss?

2. When does Mary Ann find the welcome gift taped to her door?

3. In "Mrs. Day at Home," what does DeDe watch out of the window of her home?

4. Where does Connie first take Mary Ann?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly discuss the argument between Edgar and Mrs. Madrigal as regards Mona's employment.

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

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

4. How does Edgar Halcyon describe himself?

5. What advice does Edgar receive from his doctor and from Mrs. Madrigal?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the significance of the chapter titles throughout the novel. Choose at least 3 chapter titles and explain their layers of meaning, providing examples from the book to support your statements.

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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