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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 does Mike Antoniou think of Tessie's daily trips to the movie theatre?

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

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

4. Who is the narrator of the story?

5. What commentary on beauty does Julie Kikuchi make in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the village of Bithynios.

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

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

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

5. Describe Sourmelina's appearance when Lefty and Desdemona first arrive in Detroit. What is the significance of the way she looks?

6. Describe the Greek General Hajienestis.

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

8. Describe Marcus Wyxzewixard Challouehliczilczese Grimes.

9. Why does Lefty visit the town of Bursa so often?

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

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

Secrets play a major role in Middlesex. Discuss and analyze three secrets in the novel by:

1) Describing what is being kept a secret and why.

2) The impact of the secrets on the characters and plot of the story.

3) The commentary that the author is trying to make about secrets based on these examples.

Essay Topic 3

By presenting a main character who is both male and female, Jeffrey Eugenides encourages readers to question generally held beliefs about gender identity. What is the author trying to say about gender? Is it based on biology, culture or both? Do you agree or disagree with his viewpoint? Why? Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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