The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Test | Final 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 is the black man that Cleveland fights with?

2. Which of the following is NOT a reason Cleveland likes the collection activity?

3. At what type of restaurant do Art and Phlox meet Art's father?

4. What food does Phlox's roommate serve at her party?

5. Where does Cleveland park his motorcycle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a recurring motif in the story?

2. How does Art end up alienating both Phlox and Arthur?

3. How does Art still struggle with his sexuality?

4. What does Cleveland ultimately want from his friendship with Art?

5. How does the author insinuate that Art's mother's death was somehow mob related?

6. What is Cleveland's demeanor at the beginning of Chapter 22?

7. Explain the pull between Art and Cleveland.

8. What is the nature of the note Phlox sends to Art via Cleveland?

9. How does Phlox meet Art's father?

10. How is Art both disgusted yet attracted to the experience of being with Cleveland when he makes collection calls?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses several instances of irony in the book. Cite at least two examples you can identify in the story and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the symbolism of Phlox's role in Art's life. What does it signify? What role does she play for Art in the book? Why did the author choose Phlox as a sort of foil in the story?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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