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 Edward do when Muriel arrives for Edward's first lesson?

2. Why does Sarah want Macon to pull over?

3. How does Macon occupy his time on the plane on his first trip in the novel?

4. What does Sarah tell Macon she wants regarding their separation?

5. At his childhood home, what does Macon give Julian that Julian has NOT asked for?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 15, briefly describe how Macon is becoming a father-figure to Alexander.

2. In Philadelphia, what does Porter's daughter, Susan, tell Macon about Ethan?

3. Describe Macon's dream about his grandfather.

4. Describe Macon's siblings and their current lifestyle.

5. What is significant about Macon's visit to a restaurant at the top of a sky-scraper in New York?

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

7. According to Macon, when did his grandfather's mind begin to wander?

8. Why does Macon call Muriel in Chapter 19 and what is her response?

9. Why is Muriel upset about Macon finding out she has a son and what does her misunderstanding lead to?

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

Describe Macon's role as a father in the novel.

1. How does he identify as a father-figure to Alexander?

2. How does he compare to the other fathers in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss conflict in "The Accidental Tourist," discussing the following scenarios:

1. Macon's conflict with society.

2. Macon's conflict with Sarah.

3. Macon's conflict with Muriel.

4. Macon's conflict with himself.

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