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 does Norman Neal Williams tell Mary Ann he does for a job?

2. When Mary Ann is out with Norman after the movie, why is she humiliated?

3. What is the name of the pushy client who calls Norman while he eats breakfast?

4. What is the main reason that Norman calls Paul for in the film shoot?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Briefly recount the events that lead Mary Ann to meet Norman Neal Williams.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Edgar's attitude toward his wife, Frannie, change over the course of the novel? Give specific examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

How does the author build on the mystery surrounding the character of Mrs. Madrigal? What do readers know about her? What do we not know? How does the author use other characters to reveal pieces of the puzzle surrounding Mrs. Madrigal's character?

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