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. Where does Arthur invite Art to go?

2. Who shows up unexpectedly at the summer house?

3. What draws Art to Cleveland?

4. Why did Mrs. Bellwether once beat the collie?

5. Which of the following is NOT one of Art's concerns about the French literature Phlox will have to read?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the story of Cleveland's family?

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

3. What are some of the phases that Phlox goes through in her life?

4. How does the author use foreshadowing for the character of Cleveland and his effect on Art's life?

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

6. Who is Happy?

7. How does Art meet Arthur?

8. Why are Cleveland's antics a source of possible problems for Art?

9. Where is Art working for the summer?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of struggling with personal identity is an important one in this book. Describe how it extends through setting, character and issues and provide examples for each.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

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