Tales of the City Test | Final 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 main reason that Norman calls Paul for in the film shoot?

2. What is the nickname that Mona and Mary Ann have for Michael?

3. On her return trip home after losing weight, what does DeDe realize?

4. What makes Frannie feel better about the Great Dane's impending death?

5. How are Candi and Cheryl related?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss DeDe's dilemma with regards to her pregnancy.

2. Edgar meets Beauchamp and tells him something in strictest confidence. What is the reader supposed to think that Edgar told him?

3. What does Norman Neal Williams reveal to Mary Ann in the car during the trick or treating outing?

4. Briefly summarize what happens to Brian at the Treasure Island Trailer Court.

5. What does the reader learn about the two characters when Brian talks with Michael in the courtyard while Michael is tanning before the contest?

6. What happens when Mona tells Michael that she is moving out?

7. Where does DeDe go for a transformation?

8. Summarize the conversation between Edgar and Mrs. Madrigal at the Bohemian Grove.

9. Briefly recount the story that Mrs. Madrigal tells Edgar after they make love on his first visit to her home.

10. What do Mona and D'orothea argue about after Mona already moved in with D'orothea?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Many of the characters in the book seem search for something. Choose 3 characters and explain what they are searching for, how they go about it, and what the result of the search is, using quotes from the book to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the setting of the book (San Francisco in the 1970's) impacts the plot and the characters. Give specific examples by choosing a few characters to focus on, including their reactions and lifestyle choices.

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