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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. What condition must Desdemona meet to be hired by the Temple No. 1?

3. Who does Desdemona over hear through the heating vents in the Silk Room of the Temple No. 1?

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

5. What happens to Milton as he is about to go into war that Desdemona believes is an answer to her prayers?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Desdemona's appearance.

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

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

4. Why is Desdemona fearful about Tessie and Milton's burgeoning romantic relationship?

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

6. Describe Calliope's baptism.

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

8. How does the narrator characterize Lefty's gradual demise?

9. Why does the vigilante who throws a Molotov Cocktail into the Zebra Room yell "Opa!" as he sets the diner on fire?

10. Describe Desdemona's silkworm box and its contents.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides juxtaposes scenes from the past with the narrator's present life in Berlin. Select one of the chapters where he does this and:

1) Describe the past and present scenes presented in the chapter.

2) Discuss the relationship between the two scenes. What do the two scenes have to do with each other? Why does Eugenides choose to place these two scenes from different time periods within the same chapter?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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