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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. Who does Desdemona hope that Tessie will marry?

2. Who does Desdemona hope that Milton will marry?

3. Why does Desdemona visit Dr. Philobosian in this chapter?

4. What helps narrator feel more masculine?

5. What is the fate of the Silk Room at Temple No. 1 when Elijah Muhammed takes over as leader after Fard's arrest.?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Tessie and Milton want a baby daughter so badly?

2. Describe Calliope's baptism.

3. Why does Lefty not marry either of the village girls that Desdemona attempts to set him up with?

4. Describe Desdemona's transformation after Calliope's birth.

5. Why do Desdemona and Lefty pretend that they do not know each other while aboard the Giulia?

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

7. Describe the Greek General Hajienestis.

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

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

10. How does Jimmy Zismo change during Sourmelina's pregnancy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes in Middlesex is the American Dream. Discuss how the American Dream is used in this novel and what it says about the attainability of the dream. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

In Middlesex, a few minor characters have a major impact on the story line. Select one of the following minor characters to analyze: Father Mike, Jimmy Zismo, Chapter Eleven or Sourmelina. Discuss:

1) The personality (character traits) of this character.

2) The relationship between this minor character and the major characters in the story.

3) The impact of this character on the story line--How does s/he influence the overall story line? How would the story be different if this character was removed?

Essay Topic 3

Dr. Luce's study of Cal/Calliope not only explains his/her medical condition, but also causes him/her to make the decision to change genders.

1) Describe Dr. Luce's conclusions about Cal/Calliope's medical condition. What is his diagnosis? What does he propose as a course of treatment?

2) Analyze the accuracy of Dr. Luce's conclusions. Did he correctly diagnose Cal/Calliope? Why or why not? Was his course of treatment appropriate? Why or why not?

3) Discuss how Cal/Calliope's life would have been different if s/he had continued to work with Dr. Luce and had followed his course of treatment.

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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