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. Which of the following factors complicates Tessie's relationship with Father Mike?
(a) Father Mike is married to Milton's sister.
(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) Tessie does not like Father Mike's wife, Zoe.

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

3. What does Lefty resolve to do after his visit to the brothel?
(a) Tell Desdemona of his feelings for her.
(b) Leave Bithynios to immigrate to America.
(c) Marry a village girl and start a family.
(d) Attend the local Greek church more often.

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

5. What does the narrator say makes him/her "the most famous hermaphrodite in history"?
(a) S/he has the brain of a boy, but was raised as a girl.
(b) S/he went to the doctor to have a sex change operation.
(c) S/he lived as a girl but had the body of a boy.
(d) S/he was studied by Dr. Luce.

Short Answer Questions

1. What drives Desdemona and Lefty from Bithynios?

2. To what religious faith does Stephanides family belong?

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

4. How do Lefty's and Dr. Philobosian's paths cross?

5. What is unusual about Lefty and Desdemona's relationship?

(see the answer key)

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