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 Macon, what is unusual about Rose's life?

2. Where does Macon pull over?

3. What does Muriel do the fall of her senior year of high school?

4. What does Macon see when he looks out the window when his typing is interrupted?

5. What is the main reason Macon keeps Edward?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the series of books Macon writes called and why is it significant?

2. Why does Macon keep Edward, and what does he agree to?

3. Why does Rose invite Julian to Thanksgiving dinner?

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

5. In Chapter 19, how have Sarah and Macon picked up their domestic life where they left off?

6. At Rose's and Julian's wedding, why is Macon worried that he's attracted to women like his mother?

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

8. What does Sarah tell Macon in the car?

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

10. What does Macon feel about Sarah at Rose and Julian's wedding?

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 role of setting in the novel, and how its significance regarding the characters.

1. What facts about Baltimore and its history relate directly or indirectly to the novel?

2. Why is it significant that Macon and Muriel live in different parts of the city?

3. How is it significant that major events occur when Macon is away from home?

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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