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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. To what does Walter Shandy attribute his family problems?

2. What phrase is inscribed on Mr. Yorick's gravestone?

3. When the midwife falls, what does Dr. Slop offer to examine?

4. How does Walter Shandy determine to compensate for Tristram's deformity?

5. Who is Hammond Shandy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Walter Shandy.

2. Describe Toby Shandy.

3. What misunderstanding does Toby have about bridges in Volume 3?

4. How does Toby's hobby assist in his recovery?

5. With what hobby is Toby Shandy obsessed?

6. What topics do the men discuss in Volume 2 while waiting for Tristram's birth?

7. How does Walter Shandy attempt to change Tristram's name?

8. What distracts Walter Shandy from his ire at the end of Volume 4?

9. How does Yorick assist the midwife?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What views are expressed about "modern" (as in the current 18th century practices) medicine as compared to folk medicine in the novel? How does the midwife's practical experience compare to the doctor's formal medical training? What concerns are raised about each character's medical abilities and how are these concerns addressed in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Of what importance is Tristram's name in the novel? What significance does Walter Shandy place on names and why does Tristram's name disturb him? Why does Diduis refuse to change Tristram's name?

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