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 Garner, what is the perception people have of Macon?

2. What does Macon do while waiting for a flight back home from his first trip in the novel?

3. What is Macon wearing on the drive back from their vacation?

4. What country does Grandfather Leary say he's sailing to?

5. What is one thing the Leary's are NOT good at?

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

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

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

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

6. When Julian, Rose, Charles, and Macon are making small-talk, why does Sarah call Macon?

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

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

9. When Macon's neighbor, Garner Bolt, visits him, what does he reveal people's perception of Macon?

10. What realization does Macon come to in Paris?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Macon's trips to various cities in the novel. Does his attitude toward travel change over the course of the novel? What significant events occur while he's away from home? Which trips are the most significant for his personal journey?

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

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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