The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 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 is the name of the Bellwethers' collie?

2. What does Phlox think about Arthur's homosexuality?

3. How can Art's father's perspective of Art be described?

4. What task will Arthur be doing for Jane's family?

5. What does Art view from looking into Pittsburgh's ravine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Jane unexpectedly shows up at the summer house?

2. What fantasy does Art employ when he is about to make love to Phlox for the first time?

3. What does Phlox think her relationship with Art is and what does she do about it?

4. What is Art's perspective on his education and his upcoming summer?

5. How does Art meet Phlox?

6. How does the topic of homosexuality first come up in the story?

7. What does Cleveland do to get back at Jane's parents?

8. Why does Art agree to have a beer with Arthur?

9. What two landmarks does Art mention as places he visits often?

10. How does Art get to meet Cleveland?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of hope. Identify at least two themes about hope in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of Cleveland's character in the book? Why did the author choose to insert him into the story? Do you think Art and the other characters are better off or not for Cleveland's presence in the story? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH is a classic story of the search for love. What does that classification entail? Why does this story fit into this category? Explain.

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