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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

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

Compare and contrast Sterne's Yorick with Shakespeare's Yorick. How are both characters tragic? What role does Sterne's Yorick play in Tristram's life compared to the role Shakespeare's Yorick plays in Hamlet's life? Why might Sterne have chosen Yorick to deliver the last line of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Compare Toby and Walter Shandy's characters. How are these characters foils? How does each character's personality traits enhance the other's character? What philosophies bind or divide them?

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