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. In "Brian Climbs the Walls," what is the name of the pickup joint that Brian goes to?

2. Why does Mary Ann consider moving back to Cleveland?

3. Over whom do Beauchamp and Edgar argue in "Edgar Blows Up"?

4. Who does Mary Ann first tell that she is thinking of moving back to Cleveland?

5. How does Michael meet Jon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does DeDe do after Splinter refuses her?

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

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

Norman Neal Williams does not meet a pleasant end. Discuss how the author uses foreshadowing to prepare the reader for what happens to Norman. Give 2 to 3 examples from the book to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

In what ways does Mary Ann assert her independence in the novel? In what ways does DeDe assert her independence? Are there similarities between the growth of these two female characters? What are they? Give specific examples of the growth and independence of Mary Ann and DeDe.

Essay Topic 3

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."

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