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 does Grandfather Leary announce the day his mind first begins to wander?

2. How do his neighbors react to the news that Sarah has left?

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

4. Where does Macon like to travel?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Macon feel about Muriel?

2. In Chapter 4, how does Macon occupy his time?

3. Why does Macon return to his childhood home in Chapter 5?

4. In Chapter 3, why does Sarah call Macon and what does she reveal to him?

5. In Chapter 17, why is the story Muriel tells Macon about a man she "cured" who left her?

6. On Christmas, what does Muriel's mother, Mrs. Dugan, tell Macon about her daughter?

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

8. How does Julian get injured while visiting Macon?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tyler utilizes the third-person point of view in the novel to show Macon's thoughts, motives, and actions. Why do you think she uses "he" and "she" instead of "I." How would the novel be different if Macon was narrating it? Would we learn more or less from a first-person perspective?

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

Compare and contrast the Leary Family and the Dugan Family. Discuss the following in terms of their function or dysfunction, their relationship to society and one another, and how Macon and Muriel fit in or don't it with them:

1. The roles of mothers.

2. The roles of fathers.

3. The roles of siblings.

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