Birds, Beasts, and Relatives Test | Final Test - Hard

Gerald Durrell
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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 did the Countess and Demetrios serve for the main course of the meal?

2. Where did the family find the missing Donald who was yelling "cooee?"

3. What did Mother say to Gerald as they turned off the lights to fall asleep?

4. What had Mrs. Haddock, channeling Mawake, told Margo to do about her health problems?

5. What did Mother carry into the living room when she came to investigate the commotion there?

Short Essay Questions

1. What unusual method did Donald and Max have for leaving the villa on the night of their visit? What happened as they left?

2. What happened to Mother, Larry and the rest of the crew on the yacht ride with Mother? How did Mother react to the event? What was in the letter Captain Creech sent Mother after his departure and how did Mother respond to it?

3. What did Pru tell Mother about Margo's behavior in London? What were her concerns? How did Margo react to the concerns of her great aunts and mother?

4. Who arrived at the house in the middle of the night? Where did they come from and why did they come to the villa? How did the family react to their arrival?

5. Who was Tickletummy? Where did Tickletummy come from? What special quality did Tickletummy have that warranted his name?

6. Who did Gerald meet one day during one of his excursions into the crepe myrtles? What unusual creature did this person have?

7. What was the bear's name? How did he respond to Gerald? What was Gerald's reaction to the bear?

8. What happened when Gerald arrived home after his visit with Pavlo and the gypsy?

9. Who was Demetrios-Mustapha? How did he get this name?

10. What did Gerald do with his owl when he got home? What name did he give his owl? Where did he place the owl once he had tended to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Durrell dedicated his memoir to Theodore Stephanides. Who was Theodore Stephanides in Durrell's life? Why do you think Durrell dedicated his book to him?

Essay Topic 2

In almost all chapters of his memoir, Chapter Ten excluded, Durrell introduces new people into the story. Discuss the purpose of the introductions of Sven Olson, Donald and Max, and Captain Creech. What purpose do these people serve in the story, and what does their presence in the chapter allow Durrell to remember about his family members?

Essay Topic 3

Who is Kralefsky? He is given an opportunity to tell a story in Chapter Nine. What is the story he tells, and why does Gerald doubt the truth of the story?

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