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 old is Ethan when he is killed?

2. Why is Julian disappointed when he brings over papers about New York?

3. Who raises Macon and his siblings after their father dies in the war?

4. According to Muriel, what can't Norman handle regarding Alexander?

5. Why is the restaurant where Macon and Sarah agree to meet significant?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 12, Macon begins to spend a lot of time with Muriel. What is Rose's response to his absence from home and why is it significant?

2. What kind of writer is Macon and who does he write for?

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

4. Why does Rose invite Julian to Thanksgiving dinner?

5. Describe Edward's behavior.

6. Why does Sarah come to Paris and who does she see?

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

8. How does Julian get injured while visiting Macon?

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

10. What happened to Macon and Sarah's son, Ethan?

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

Discuss the tone of "The Accidental Tourist."

1. How does it shift throughout the novel, from a serious and somber tone to a comic one?

2. What characters exemplify a particular tone?

3. What is the purpose of tone for readers?

Essay Topic 3

Macon's inability to communicate presents major difficulties for him. Discuss the psychological reasons behind his withdrawal from those around him, and the ramifications of his actions, beginning with his marriage to Sarah to the present day.

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