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

Joseph Mitchell (writer)
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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 kind of work do the Mohawk Indians tend to leave for?

2. What is peculiar about Philippa's family's diet?

3. The story about which person or people leaves the reader hanging most?

4. At McSorley's, what did the men gather around?

5. Why did people make so many purchases from Barbee's shop?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Mitchell's feelings about the privacy of his subjects?

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

3. What do you think about "Santa Clause Smith"? Is he benevolent or malicious?

4. Who is Mr. Hunter?

5. Who is Jane Barnell?

6. What does it mean that Jane has only a limited ability to be happy?

7. Who is Louis Morino?

8. What was strange to Mitchell in the story "I Couldn't Dope it Out"?

9. How does technology affect Mr. Flood and Mr. Cusack?

10. What is the message behind the story about Peggy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the role naivety plays in some of the stories in this collection. Which stories and characters are most representative of naivety? Why?

Essay Topic 2

What message about self-acceptance do you think Mitchell tries to send through stories like that of Peggy?

Essay Topic 3

In many of Mitchell's stories, characters are torn between heritage and life. Describe at least three examples of ways in which Mitchell develops this theme in more than one story in the collection. Also, explain what Mitchell's intent is in sharing stories with this particular theme.

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