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

2. What drives Desdemona and Lefty from Bithynios?
(a) The advancing Turkish army.
(b) The strong desire to join their cousin in America.
(c) All of their neighbors are leaving and they do not want to be left alone in the village.
(d) The advancing Greek army.

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

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

5. What does Desdemona's mother say is critical for encourage silk worms to produce good silk?
(a) Peace.
(b) Soft music.
(c) A warm environment.
(d) Their caretaker's purity.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What reason does Lefty give Desdemona for his trip into town?

3. What does Desdemona keep in the silkworm box to predict the sex of a baby?

4. What tragic event occurs on the same day as Calliope's birth?

5. What does Desdemona fear will happen to Lefty?

(see the answer key)

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