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 does Lefty resolve to do after his visit to the brothel?

2. How does Lefty communicate with Calliope?

3. What does Lefty teach Desdemona to help her pass the English literacy test required for entry into America?

4. What artistic medium does Julie Kikuchi work with?

5. Who does Desdemona hope that Tessie will marry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the events that allow Desdemona and Lefty to depart from Smyrna.

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Desdemona's appearance.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several characters who influence the person that the narrator becomes. Select the two characters who you believe have the greatest impact on her development and:

1) describe each character's actions or beliefs as they relate to Cal/Calliope.

2) discuss the impact of this character on Cal/Calliope's life and personality.

3) discuss why you selected each particular character. What about each character made him/her more of an influence on Cal/Calliope than others?

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

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.

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