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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What shocks Desdemona and Lefty about Sourmelina's husband, Jimmy Zismo?
(a) His religious beliefs.
(b) His dark skin.
(c) His occupation.
(d) His wealth.

2. What is the first luxury Milton purchases with the insurance money?
(a) A new home in Grosse Pointe.
(b) The first Hercules Hot Dog stand.
(c) A Cadillac.
(d) Plane tickets to Turkey.

3. What is the fate of the Silk Room at Temple No. 1 when Elijah Muhammed takes over as leader after Fard's arrest.?
(a) It closes.
(b) It is relocated to a new building.
(c) It is downsized.
(d) It is expanded.

4. What is the cause of Desdemona's heart palpitations?
(a) Stress over the Greek occupation of Turkey.
(b) A rare genetic disorder.
(c) Unproductive silkworms.
(d) Grief over the deaths of her parents.

5. To what religious faith does Stephanides family belong?
(a) Greek Orthodox Church.
(b) The Church of Islam.
(c) The Roman Catholic Church.
(d) The Presbyterian Church.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Desdemona vow to never do again after Milton's birth?

5. What concerns Milton about Lefty's business practices at the Zebra Room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the village of Bithynios.

2. What is the conflict between Desdemona and Lefty in the chapter "Marriage on Ice"?

3. What goes through Tessie's mind as she watches movies at the theatre?

4. Describe Fard Muhammad's beliefs about the evolution of race.

5. Describe the Greek General Hajienestis.

6. Compare Milton's and Mike Antoniou's views on religion.

7. What is particular significance of Lefty and Desdemona (brother and sister) marrying for Cal/Calliope, the narrator?

8. What does Milton do to convince the realtor to sell him Middlesex?

9. Describe Desdemona's appearance.

10. What does Desdemona do when she hears that Milton's Navy unit will be going to war?

(see the answer keys)

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