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. In "The Beach Boys," Brian and Michael realize that they both want what?

2. When Michael's father tells him to keep away from homosexuals, how does Michael respond?

3. What is Beauchamp's reaction when DeDe mentions having babies?

4. Just after the contest is over, what does Michael do?

5. What does Edgar think is the reason Williams called him about Mrs. Madrigal?

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

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

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

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

6. Summarize what happens during Michael's dance contest.

7. Summarize what Norman confesses to Mary Ann in the chapter, "Norman Confesses."

8. Why does Vincent take Mary Ann into account when he decides how to kill himself?

9. What information is revealed during the conversation with Mona and D'orothea's father at the factory?

10. What happens to Mary Ann when she and Norman are in Chinatown after the movie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explore the symbolism of parrots in the novel. What do parrots symbolize? How do parrots impact the novel? Give specific examples from the book to support your discussion and make sure that you define symbolism in the essay.

Essay Topic 3

"Tales of the City" is a book with a lot of characters. Discuss how the author's use of dialogue contribute to the reader's understanding of the characters in the novel.

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