Pimp: The Story of My Life Test | Final Test - Hard

Iceberg Slim
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Pimp: The Story of My Life Test | Final Test - Hard

Iceberg Slim
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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 does "No Thumbs" Helen specialize in besides turning tricks?

2. How long does Slim spend in detox in Seattle?

3. Who helps Slim in his escape from the State Workforce?

4. Who is so impressed with Blood's reaction that he changes Blood's street moniker to "Iceberg Slim"?

5. Where is Slim arrested again after his escape from State Workforce?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is image, represented by material things, so important to a pimp?

2. How does Slim's reliance on drugs catch up with him in the end of chapter 15?

3. How does the relationship between Chris and Slim evolve during the 1940's in Chapter 14?

4. While out on bail in Chapter 16, how does Slim show his true colors as a friend to Sweet Jones and why?

5. Twice in Chapter 19, Slim turns to family for help. To whom does he go and for what?

6. Slim's story about the State Workforce seems a little light on truth in Chapter 18. What are some elements that seem perhaps questionable?

7. Why does Leroy's arrest drive Chris to work for Blood?

8. Slim's life sinks deeper into violence after his jailbreak. How is pimping becoming less exciting and more violent in Chapter 19?

9. How is Slim working and spending his days now that he's off the drugs and living in Seattle in Chapter 21?

10. Slim finally feels like he is totally alone when he is released from Leavenworth in Chapter 16 and discovers Chris has married and had a baby. Is his reaction to this information purely selfish or is it possible that he has himself contemplated marrying Chris and is jealous of her ability to establish love and stability for herself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 21, it is the news of Party Time's demise that finally provides the impetus for Slim to pull his life together and vow to quit drugs and pimping forever. What about this loss of his first street buddy, his first con partner, causes Slim to question every life decision he has made?

Essay Topic 2

Oscar, the inmate Bobby meets in State Reformatory School, is institutionalized after spending too much time in solitary confinement. After Slim (or Bobby, as he was then) witnesses Oscar's decline into madness and suicide, he internalizes this lesson and remembers it during his own stretch in solitary later on. It is integral to his desire to comply with the warden's demands to know the details of his escape. Solitary confinement is still utilized in certain circumstances in the American prison system (and many other prison systems around the world). The UN categorizes some uses of solitary confinement as torture or inhumane treatment. Why are humans so heavily impacted psychologically by solitary confinement? How can the experience of solitary confinement change depending upon the personality of the person incarcerated? In Slim's case, months in solitary confinement ultimately give the warden what he wants. Is solitary confinement an acceptable method for getting truth (or other desired behaviors) from someone? Is solitary confinement a necessary evil of the prison system or an inhumane exercise in cruelty against people who have no way of defending themselves?

Essay Topic 3

Only eight of the prostitutes in Slim's life are given names, generally those with whom he has the longest or most pivotal relationship (No Thumbs Helen would be an exception to this). Otherwise, he goes through hundreds of girls and none of them are named and few are even relevant to the story. How is this a reflection on the real motivation behind a pimp? Is pimping really about women or sex or relationships?

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