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. When Mary Ann tells Michael that she is uneasy about Norman, what does Michael suggest?

2. Which type of questions is DeDe happy to answer for Carson Callas?

3. After Beauchamp comes home at four in the morning, DeDe goes for a walk and decides what?

4. What is the reason D'orothea tells Brian that she is in San Francisco?

5. Where is Beauchamp when DeDe calls Binky to ask for the name of a doctor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain how DeDe's decision to have the baby marks the climax of her transformation.

3. Briefly discuss the parallels between Frannie's Great Dane and Edgar.

4. What happens during the encounter between DeDe and Carson Callas?

5. What two things does Mona do in an attempt to make something of her relationship with D'orothea?

6. The reader learns that Norman is a private investigator. What other information does the telephone conversation between him and Mrs. Ramsey reveal?

7. What do Michael's parents think about his relationship with Mona?

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

9. Upon returning to San Francisco, what does DeDe realize and what does she do about it?

10. Explain what D'orothea tells Brian when they go for drinks after first meeting in the restaurant.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the several layers of meaning of the name of the pick up joint in "Brian Climbs the Walls," the Come Clean Laundromat. How is the name ironic? How does the name signify the reason that people go there?

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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