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. How does Sarah sign her letters to Macon?

2. How does Macon sign his letters to Sarah?

3. Why is Charles locked in the pantry when Macon can't reach Sarah in New York?

4. What does Muriel give Macon for Edward?

5. What does Edward do when Muriel arrives for Edward's first lesson?

Short Essay Questions

1. What have Macon and Sarah gone through over the past year?

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

3. When Macon returns to Baltimore, where does he go and why is it significant?

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

5. What does Julian invite Macon and Muriel to and why is it significant?

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

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

8. Why does Muriel give Macon a calendar?

9. At the Old Bay restaurant, what does Sarah tell Macon she wants and what does she think of him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The issue of class is significant in the novel. Macon's family is middle-class, while Muriel has a working-class background. When Macon begins to see Muriel, his family do not approve of Muriel because they think she is just out for a meal ticket. How are Macon's reservations about Muriel also about class division?

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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