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. Why does Vincent decide not to slit his wrists?

2. Just after the contest is over, what does Michael do?

3. What is the nickname that Mona and Mary Ann have for Michael?

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

5. On her return trip home after losing weight, what does DeDe realize?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly summarize what happens to Brian at the Treasure Island Trailer Court.

2. The reader learns that Norman is a private investigator. What other information does the telephone conversation between him and Mrs. Ramsey reveal?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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