Middlesex Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 1, The Silk Road.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Desdemona vow to never do again after Calliope's birth?
(a) Leave her ill husband alone.
(b) Attend church.
(c) Speak to Tessie.
(d) Predict a child's sex.

2. Who is Lefty and Desdemona's sponsor for entry into America?
(a) Captain Kontoulis.
(b) Their cousin, Sourmelina.
(c) Their friend, Dr. Philobosian.
(d) They do not need a sponsor to enter the U.S.

3. What does Desdemona fear will happen to Lefty?
(a) He will become a smoker and alcoholic.
(b) He will marry an unattractive Turkish woman.
(c) He will never marry and will die alone.
(d) He will marry a village girl and will leave Desdemona alone to care for the cocoonery.

4. Which of the following factors complicates Tessie's relationship with Father Mike?
(a) Tessie does not like Father Mike's wife, Zoe.
(b) Father Mike is embarrassed he was not promoted to the head priest position in the church.
(c) They were engaged to be married years ago.
(d) Father Mike is married to Milton's sister.

5. What does Lefty teach Desdemona to help her pass the English literacy test required for entry into America?
(a) A Bible passage forbidding incest.
(b) A Bible passage about eunuchs.
(c) English phrases.
(d) Passages from the Greek Bible.

Short Answer Questions

1. What drives Desdemona and Lefty from Bithynios?

2. To what religious faith does Stephanides family belong?

3. What does Uncle Pete encourage Tessie and Milton to do to ensure their baby will be a girl?

4. What does Dr. Philobosian have that he believes will protect him from the Turks?

5. How is Lefty able to get he and Desdemona out of the burning city of Smyrna?

(see the answer key)

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