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. According to Garner, who else has been looking for Macon?

2. What's significant about the country Grandfather Leary says he's sailing to?

3. What surprises Macon and Muriel as they are talking about her son and ex-husband?

4. What is Macon's reaction to Sarah's wish regarding their separation?

5. According to Muriel, why is her sister the favorite?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Macon's dream about his grandfather.

2. Why do the Learys disapprove of Macon's relationship with Muriel?

3. According to Macon, what was his mother like while he was growing up and how did she approach parenting?

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

5. Why is Macon disappointed when he disembarks from his flight from London and returns home?

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

7. Why does Sarah call Macon while he's traveling in Canada?

8. What does Sarah tell Macon in the car?

9. According to Muriel, how did the birth of her son, Alexander, impact her marriage?

10. When Macon brings his note of apology to Muriel and breaks down at her door, what is her response and why is it significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is an accidental tourist?

1. Define each term and their connotations.

2. Besides Macon, who else is an accidental tourist?

3. What is the overall message or meaning of this concept?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Muriel and Julian try to become members of the Leary family, and are thwarted by Rose and Macon in various ways. Ultimately, they are successful in winning over their partners. Discuss the similarities between these two characters, and their possible motives for wanting to be a part of the Leary family.

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