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

2. Who is the Homunculus?

3. According to Uncle Toby, when do Tristram's problems begin?

4. What opinion does Tristram have about time?

5. When was Tristram conceived?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Toby react to the realization that the Widow Wadham is making sexual advances towards him?

3. How is Phutatoruis injured in Volume 4?

4. Describe Toby Shandy.

5. How does Toby misinterpret Widow Wadham's flirtations?

6. Whom does Dr. Slop blame for his injury?

7. What might Tristram mean when he describes romance as, "It is with love as with cuck-oldom"?

8. How does communication among the characters disintegrate in Volume 8?

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

10. How is Tristram's face deformed?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does Sterne use stream of consciousness to develop Tristram's narration? What elements of Tristram's character can be seen through the use of this literary device? What effect does this form of narration have on plot development and how does it bring to light the important themes Sterne expresses?

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

Describe the perception Sterne's characters have about responsibility. Which characters take responsibility for their actions and which are always denying or ignoring their responsibilities? What point might Sterne be making about responsibility and compassion?

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