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 D'orothea tell Mona when the two women are out to lunch?

2. When DeDe returns home after losing weight, what does Beauchamp tell her?

3. While they wait for Lexy in the car, what does Norman hint that he wants from Mary Ann?

4. Who agrees to be Brian's date to Mrs. Madrigal's party?

5. Of what does Michael's father assure him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where does DeDe go for a transformation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 the narrative intersect the lives of the characters in unexpected ways? Give at least two examples from the book. How does this interconnectedness contribute to the overall plot? Why do you think the author felt the need to connect all the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Explain how the setting of the book (San Francisco in the 1970's) impacts the plot and the characters. Give specific examples by choosing a few characters to focus on, including their reactions and lifestyle choices.

Essay Topic 3

In what ways does Mary Ann assert her independence in the novel? In what ways does DeDe assert her independence? Are there similarities between the growth of these two female characters? What are they? Give specific examples of the growth and independence of Mary Ann and DeDe.

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