The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Tristram when he is injured by a falling window sash?

2. Why does Toby become Billy Le Fever's guardian?

3. Who is called to tend Tristram's wound in Volume 5?

4. Who needs to have an eye examined in Volume 8?

5. In Volume 8, why does Walter write Toby a letter?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How is time used in the novel? What inconsistencies are evident in Tristram's perception of time? What explanation does Tristram give for his perception of time and how does this explanation relate to Sterne's theme of individuality?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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