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 the first luxury Milton purchases with the insurance money?

2. Why does Jimmy Zismo need to smuggle alcohol into the U.S. from Canada?

3. What is the only article of modern technology does the superstitious and traditional Desdemona embraces?

4. What industry is the Temple No. 1 involved in?

5. Who does Zoe end up marrying?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the village of Bithynios.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the narrator's lives as Calliope and Cal. How are they similar? How are they different? Which identity (Cal or Calliope) do you believe is his/her "true" self?Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes in Middlesex is "you can't stop the inevitable". Discuss how Eugenides demonstrates this theme in the novel. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the relationship between tradition and the modernity in Middlesex. How does the author represent the traditional and the modern in the story? How do the two interact with each other? What is the impact of modernity on tradition? Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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