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. Where do Art and Phlox make love when they meet again?

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

3. Who tells Art about the four people living in a house in the rundown neighborhood?

4. Which religion does Arthur mock and consequently offend his mother?

5. About what topic does Phlox ask Art's father?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Art's lack of real friendship in his life has driven him to behave the way he does with Cleveland, Phlox and Arthur.

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

3. Who helps Art to free himself of the bonds related to his father?

4. Why does Art have such a hard time choosing between Phlox and Arthur?

5. What is a recurring motif in the story?

6. What seems to be the source of Art's greatest emotional pain?

7. What seems to be Art's routine of how he spends his days and nights this summer?

8. What is Art feeling during the time he has an affair with Arthur in the weather woman's apartment?

9. What is the irony revealed when Arthur's mother comes to the apartment with mended clothes?

10. Explain the pull between Art and Cleveland.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a character study of Cleveland. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Cleveland?

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 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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