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. At his brunch with Mary Ann, what does Norman say is his relationship to Lexy?

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

3. What does Michael's father call homosexuals?

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

5. Where does Brian meet D'orothea?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Edgar meets Beauchamp and tells him something in strictest confidence. What is the reader supposed to think that Edgar told him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the significance of the chapter titles throughout the novel. Choose at least 3 chapter titles and explain their layers of meaning, providing examples from the book to support your statements.

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