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 teach Desdemona to help her pass the English literacy test required for entry into America?

2. What does Calliope do when she she is baptized?

3. Who is Mrs. Watson?

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

5. What is the first luxury Milton purchases with the insurance money?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Desdemona react to the speeches that she hears through the heating grates while working in the Silk Room?

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

3. Describe Detroit in 1967.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Desdemona's appearance.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Friendships with females are important to Cal/Calliope's journey towards self-discovery. Select two of the following females that the narrator befriends: Julie Kikuchi, Clementine Stark, the Obscure Object , Zora. Discuss:

1) Cal/Calliope's relationship with each woman.

2) The impact of this relationship on her view of herself.

3) Compare the two relationships. How are they different? How are they the same? Which has a greater influence on the person that Cal/Calliope becomes?

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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