The Ballad of the Sad Café Test | Mid-Book 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 will the man in #12 be called?

2. In this story, McCullers intimates that a certain level of _____________ is part of life.

3. What happens to Amelia after the activity in #66?

4. Who jumps onto Amelia when she has Marvin in a defeated pin?

5. What does the man who comes to Amelia's house tell her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mr. Brook's first clue that Madame Zilensky may have mental issues?

2. How does Lymon try to ingratiate himself to Marvin?

3. Why is John Ferris is a New York hotel and what seems to consume his thoughts?

4. What information does the author provide about events leading up to Miss Amelia's ten-day marriage?

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

6. Why is Bitsy so bitter about his situation regarding his life compared to the lives of the rich men at the table?

7. How does John connect with his ex-wife, Elizabeth, while in New York?

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

9. How do Amelia and Marvin prepare for their big fight?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several events of foreshadowing in "Ballad of the Sad Cafe". Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the story that serve as foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

Select three stories from this collection and explain the significance of their titles. What did the author mean by naming the stories like she did? Cite examples to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of life-death-life. Identify at least two motifs about life-death-life in the book. Then cite an example to support each answer.

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