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. Who has Marvin's brother brought with him to Amelia's cafe?

2. In what area of the United States does this story take place?

3. Why does Amelia not say anything to Lymon about giving so many privileges to Marvin?

4. Frances' piano playing lately has been proficient yet _____________.

5. What literary technique does McCullers use when she addresses the ruined marriage between Amelia and Marvin and the future failed relationship between Amelia and Lymon.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the old man come to terms with his wife's leaving him for another man?

2. What is the main theme in this story?

3. Who is Mr. Brook and what feat has he just managed to pull off for his college?

4. What does Martin Meadows find when he arrives at his home early one Friday afternoon?

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

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

7. What happens to Marvin after Amelia kicks him out of the house?

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

9. What does Lymon admit to Amelia is his attraction to Marvin?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Carson McCullers is famous for her use of shocking situations for her characters. Select three situations from any of the stories and explain why they fit into this classification.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Cousin Lymon. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him, if anything, at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one instance of irony in the stories. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the book and note why they are examples of irony.

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