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 Norman Neal Williams tell Mary Ann he does for a job?

2. How are Candi and Cheryl related?

3. In "The Beach Boys," Brian and Michael realize that they both want what?

4. Why does Michael become embarrassed when he is out for dinner with his parents?

5. Where does Norman tell Mary Ann that Mrs. Madrigal used to work?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Where does DeDe go for a transformation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the characters in the book seem search for something. Choose 3 characters and explain what they are searching for, how they go about it, and what the result of the search is, using quotes from the book to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the theme of the tension between sexual freedom and emotional freedom is explored in "Tales of the City." Give examples from the book, using quotes and definite theme in your essay.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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