Middlesex Test | Final 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 Bob Presto know that Cal/Callie is not a college student?

2. What is Dr. Luce's specialty?

3. Why does the man who claims to have Callie want Milton to negotiate a ransom price with him?

4. Why does Chapter Eleven become interested in current events and politics?

5. What course of treatment does Dr. Luce recommend for Callie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Desdemona reveal to Cal when he returns home?

2. Describe Zora Khyber.

3. Describe Dr. Luce's office.

4. What steps does Callie take in this chapter to physically transform herself into Cal?

5. What is the connection between the mulberry tree outside of Middlesex and the silk industry?

6. Describe the circumstances that lead Milton to cancel the Stephanides family's trip to Turkey.

7. Why does Callie name her love interest "the Obscure Object"?

8. Compare Milton's and Tessie's thoughts about Cal's hermaphroditism after she disappears

9. Describe the series of medical examinations that leads to Callie being referred to Dr. Luce.

10. What information does Callie get about her condition when she meets with Dr. Luce?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of Middlesex, the narrator (Cal) tells the reader that the purpose for telling this story is to record the family history that led to his hermaphroditism. ("And so before it's too late I want to get it down for good: this roller-coaster ride of a single gene through time.") Do you believe that this is the only reason for writing this story? Why or why not? What are some other reasons why Cal chooses to write this story?Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your viewpoint.

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