The Accidental Tourist Test | 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 happens to Muriel and Norman's son, Alexander, when he's born?

2. According to Julian, what will the next series be about?

3. Who does Macon try to call from the restaurant in New York?

4. What is Macon's injury?

5. How do the Leary children react to the news that they are not going to be world travelers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Muriel do as she trains Edward and what kind of personality does she have?

2. How does Macon hurt himself in the basement?

3. When Macon's neighbor, Garner Bolt, visits him, what does he reveal people's perception of Macon?

4. What are Macon's and Sarah's reactions to the stormy weather and why are they significant?

5. How does Macon feel about Muriel?

6. In Chapter 6, why is Macon's typing interrupted?

7. What does Macon feel about Sarah at Rose and Julian's wedding?

8. Recount Macon's trip to England, paying close attention to his specific habits and goals.

9. Briefly describe Macon's relationship with Muriel and Alexander in Chapter 14.

10. Describe Macon's dream about his grandfather.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the novel, Macon and Rose share many similarities. Like Macon, Rose doesn't like change and chooses a partner who is very different from herself. Discuss Rose as a character and her decision to move back home to take care of her brothers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of setting in the novel, and how its significance regarding the characters.

1. What facts about Baltimore and its history relate directly or indirectly to the novel?

2. Why is it significant that Macon and Muriel live in different parts of the city?

3. How is it significant that major events occur when Macon is away from home?

Essay Topic 3

Loss is a major theme in "The Accidental Tourist." The loss and suffering of children are the impetus for other losses, namely marriage.

1. Discuss the possible reasons why Macon and Sarah and Muriel and Norman are unable to take solace in their suffering over their children.

2. Why do you think Tyler utilizes children as the starting point to explore the consequences of grief?

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