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. How does Desdemona's prediction of the sex of the baby compare to it's actual sex?

2. What does Desdemona keep in the silkworm box to predict the sex of a baby?

3. Which of the following is NOT a criterion in the real estate "Point System"?

4. How does Lefty manage to keep the men in the gaming room from stealing his winnings?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the village of Bithynios.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Sexual taboos are central to the story lines in Middlesex. Discuss how the author uses forbidden romance and sexual secrets in the novel. What is the impact of these taboos on the story? What is the author trying to say about our beliefs about sexuality? Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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