Middlesex Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does the silk Lefty sells in the market not earn much money?

3. What is political and social climate of Detroit in this chapter?

4. What is Lefty's actual motivation for going into town?

5. How does Lefty communicate with Calliope?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are do the members of Temple No. 1 raise silkworms and produce silk fabric and clothing?

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

3. How do Dr. Philobosian's and Uncle Pete's views on conception differ?

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

5. Why does Desdemona become concerned about her unborn child after talking with Dr. Philobosian?

6. Compare Lefty's original Zebra Room to Milton's version of the Zebra Room.

7. Describe the events that allow Desdemona and Lefty to depart from Smyrna.

8. Describe the narrator in Book 2, Ex Ovo Omina.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The influence of parents on children is a recurring topic in Middlesex. Select two of the following pairs and discuss the relationship between the parent and child. Focus your discussion on the ways the the parent does or does not influence the child's development (physical, emotional, social and intellectual). Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

1) Desdemona and Milton

2) Tessie and Calliope

3) Milton and Chapter Eleven

4) Lefty and Milton

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes Middlesex explores is "nature vs. nurture". Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Middlesex looks at the relationship between gender and physical sex (i.e. male or female body parts and hormones). Discuss what the novel says about:

1) the relationship between the two. Are they always the same or different? Why?

2) what influences gender? Is physical sex the only thing that determines gender? What else influences gender?

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas. Then comment on the novel's view points. Do you agree or disagree with what the novel says about the relationship between gender and physical sex? Why or why not?

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