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. Which of the following is NOT a reason why Tessie and Milton feed their family only traditional Greek foods?

2. Which of Callie's physical changes most annoys Tessie?

3. What is Callie's first step in her physical transformation into a boy?

4. What does Callie attribute the changes in Chapter Eleven to?

5. Where does Milton announce he wants the family to travel to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How do Milton and Chapter Eleven attempt to "bury the hatchet" when Chapter Eleven returns home to support his parents following Callie's disappearance?

5. Why does Callie not discover her hermaphroditism in this chapter?

6. Why does Father Mike pretend to be Callie's kidnapper?

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

8. What masculine traits does Callie begin showing in this chapter?

9. Describe the circumstances leading to Callie's injury.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Middlesex looks at the relationship between gender and physical sex (i.e. male or female body parts and hormones). Discuss what the novel says about:

1) the relationship between the two. Are they always the same or different? Why?

2) what influences gender? Is physical sex the only thing that determines gender? What else influences gender?

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas. Then comment on the novel's view points. Do you agree or disagree with what the novel says about the relationship between gender and physical sex? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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