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 say is the reason her last relationship ended?

2. While they are walking on the cliff, what does Mary Ann tell Norman?

3. What does Carson Callas insinuate DeDe has to do in order for him to keep her pregnancy a secret?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"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 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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