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. While she makes dinner for D'orothea's family, what does Mona reveal to Michael?

2. When does Edgar tell Mrs. Madrigal that he will arrive at her party?

3. After hearing that Williams called Edgar, what does Mrs. Madrigal tell Edgar?

4. When the reader first thinks that Frannie and DeDe are having a conversation about Edgar's illness, who are they really talking about?

5. What is the result of the contest Michael entered?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What two things does Mona do in an attempt to make something of her relationship with D'orothea?

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

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

9. What does Norman Neal Williams reveal to Mary Ann in the car during the trick or treating outing?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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