The Ballad of the Sad Café Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 rude name does Marvin call Cousin Lymon?

2. Who accidentally gets the plate of poisoned food when Amelia tries to poison Marvin?

3. For how long do Amelia and Marvin throw punches at each other?

4. What does Marvin rub on his body prior to the big fight?

5. What is the Harmonious Blacksmith?

Short Essay Questions

1. What literary technique does McCullers use in mentioning Amelia's brief marriage to Marvin Macy?

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

3. What is the setting of the story and who are the characters introduced?

4. What literary technique does McCullers use in telling this story and what tone does she set in accomplishing it?

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

6. Explain the old man's "a tree, a rock, a cloud" system of learning to love.

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

8. What is the setting for "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe?"

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

Carson McCullers is famous for her use of outcast characters in her fiction. Select three characters and explain what makes them such outcasts either physically or in demeanor.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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