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 reason does Lefty give Desdemona for his trip into town?
(a) To shop for groceries at the market.
(b) To visit a local bar and brothel.
(c) To court a woman he hopes to marry.
(d) To sell the silk cocoons at market.

2. What is located in Desdemona's hope chest that she fears she will never use?
(a) A wedding dress.
(b) A baby blanket.
(c) An olive wood silkworm box.
(d) A corset.

3. How does Lefty manage to keep the men in the gaming room from stealing his winnings?
(a) He fights the men and wins.
(b) He hides them in his sock.
(c) He flees from the gaming room and hides.
(d) He loses them all in subsequent games.

4. What is Lefty's actual motivation for going into town?
(a) To visit a local bar and brothel.
(b) To court a woman he hopes to marry.
(c) To sell the silk cocoons at market.
(d) To shop for groceries at the market.

5. What does Desdemona do to help make the village girls more attractive to Lefty?
(a) She teaches them how to talk to a man in a seductive way.
(b) She gives them sex lessons.
(c) She encourages them to practice personal hygiene.
(d) She teaches them to look like the girls in a lingerie catalog hidden in her father's dresser.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator say makes him/her "the most famous hermaphrodite in history"?

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

3. What is unique about Calliope's fifth chromosome?

4. What drives Desdemona and Lefty from Bithynios?

5. What does Lefty teach Desdemona to help her pass the English literacy test required for entry into America?

(see the answer key)

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