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 she returns home after finding Vincent dead, who does Mary Ann visit?

2. When Norman confesses his anxiety about being with Mary Ann, who does he compare himself to?

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

4. Where is Michael doing his last-minute tanning before the contest?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Mary Ann realize about Brian when she talks with him after returning home from finding Vincent dead?

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

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

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

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

9. How does Norman Neal Williams find out that Mrs. Madrigal used to work in a book store?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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