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 keep in the silkworm box to predict the sex of a baby?
(a) A silkworm cocoon.
(b) The rope wedding crowns.
(c) A silver spoon.
(d) Her hair braids.

2. Which of the following statements best describes Lefty?
(a) A cruel, abusive alcoholic.
(b) A jazz loving gangster.
(c) A traditional man in a modern town.
(d) A modern man in a traditional town.

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

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) Passages from the Greek Bible.
(b) English phrases.
(c) A Bible passage forbidding incest.
(d) A Bible passage about eunuchs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator say his purpose for telling this story?

2. What is the cause of Desdemona's heart palpitations?

3. What is the source of Dr. Philobosian's sadness?

4. How does Lefty manage to keep the men in the gaming room from stealing his winnings?

5. What does Desdemona fear will happen to Lefty?

(see the answer key)

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