Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Joseph Mitchell (writer)
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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 is Philippa a prodigy in?

2. Who claimed to be angry at people who said they were tired of noises?

3. When did Bill sell "The Old House at Home"?

4. Who was not allowed to enter "The Old House at Home"?

5. Which adjective best describes the atmosphere of McSorley's?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Philippa's parents and situation at home.

2. Who are the Cave Dwellers?

3. Who is Joe Gould?

4. Describe Hugh Flood's thoughts about death.

5. Where does the title "Professor Sea Gull" come from?

6. Why is the memory of being hit by a cow significant to Cassell's story?

7. What is the significance of the rats in the street at night?

8. How does Ellery's attitude differ from that of other captains?

9. Who is Charles Cassell?

10. What does Jim's companion teach him in "The Kind Old Blonde"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why did Mitchell choose these stories to be in this collection? Focus on and analyze three stories to answer this question.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the painting that Joe Gould was in. What did this prove about Joe? Was he an exhibitionist? Would he have wanted his life to be portrayed in the way it is in Mitchell's stories? How do you know?

Essay Topic 3

Many of Mitchell's stories involve the ocean or harvesting for seafood. To what extent is the ocean a symbol in Mitchell's stories? What does the ocean symbolize? Is it just a coincidence?

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