The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy 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 Yorick's first name?

2. What type of book does Toby plan to write?

3. Of what descent is Mr. Yorick's family?

4. What part of baby Tristram's body is damaged during delivery?

5. Tristram interrupts his story about Toby with an anecdote about which author?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Phutatoruis injured in Volume 4?

2. Why is Dr. Slop offended by the midwife's request to attend the birthing?

3. What declaration does Tristram make about his narration in Volume 1?

4. Why does Obidiah ride to Dr. Slop's residence twice?

5. What unusual literary element is placed in the middle of Volume 3?

6. Describe Tristram Shandy.

7. Describe Yorick.

8. To what does Uncle Toby attribute to Tristram's problems before entering the world?

9. What differing opinions do Walter Shandy and his wife have about childbirth?

10. How does Walter Shandy react to Tristram's deformity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why might Sterne have had so many of his characters injured in the novel? How is Tristram's birth injury related to the injury of other characters? What injures do other characters suffer and how do these injuries express the themes of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

How are philosophies expressed in the novel? Describe the purpose Sterne may have had for Walter Shandy's philosophical ramblings. What philosophies does Tristram express and how do these ideas affect the action of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

How does Sterne describe the roles of men and women in the novel? How does the 18th century perception of women and their roles in society affect their action and dialogue? How do the perceptions of his father and uncle affect Tristram's perception of women?

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