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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 is wrong with the sick child brought to see Amelia?

2. What does drinking liquor in Amelia's house signify?

3. What is an evil omen about Marvin?

4. What has Lymon convinced Amelia to buy for the cafe?

5. In what month does the fight between Amelia and Marvin occur?

Short Essay Questions

1. What stage is the old man in in his system of learning to love?

2. Why does Mr. Brook rationalize that Madame Zilensky has created a world of lies?

3. What is Leo's role in the story?

4. How have Lymon's feelings for Marvin altered the love triangle of Amelia, Marvin, and Lymon?

5. How does Amelia react when Marvin moves into the house?

6. Compare and contrast John's life now with the new life Elizabeth has created.

7. How does Amelia try to get rid of Marvin?

8. What causes Martin to feel love and not anger for Emily?

9. Describe John's visit to Elizabeth's home.

10. How does the relationship between Amelia and Lymon compare to the one between Amelia and Marvin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The frustration of unfulfilled affection touches several characters in the story. Name at least two characters who experience unfulfilled love and the situations that occur as a result.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of women in the rural South in the 1940s when the women in the novel are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

Essay Topic 3

"Ballad of the Sad Cafe" is a classic story of love and betrayal. What does that classification entail? Why does this story fit into this category? Explain.

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