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 is Macon's reaction to Sarah's wish regarding their separation?

2. Who has Rose been seeing?

3. What is the misunderstanding between Macon and Muriel?

4. According to Sarah, Macon is _______________.

5. Why does Macon call the small, expensive grocery store?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. On Christmas, what does Muriel's mother, Mrs. Dugan, tell Macon about her daughter?

4. Describe Edward's behavior.

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

6. According to Macon, what was his mother like while he was growing up and how did she approach parenting?

7. How does Julian get injured while visiting Macon?

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

9. In Chapter 17, why is the story Muriel tells Macon about a man she "cured" who left her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Tyler utilizes the third-person point of view in the novel to show Macon's thoughts, motives, and actions. Why do you think she uses "he" and "she" instead of "I." How would the novel be different if Macon was narrating it? Would we learn more or less from a first-person perspective?

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