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. Of what does Michael's father assure him?

2. What does Michael's father call homosexuals?

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

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

5. After returning home from a gospel church, what happens to Mona?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Tales of the City" was originally published as a daily newspaper serial. Explore how the story fits the serial format versus the novel format. In what ways does the structure of the novel give away its beginning as a serial drama in a newspaper?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss some of the parallels between the relationships of Mona and her family, Michael and his family, and Mary Ann and her family. Use specific examples from the book to support your answer.

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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