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. Why does Sourmelina move back to Detroit in 1972?

2. What does the Object's father do while driving Callie to the family's summer home in Petoskey?

3. What sort of business does Bob Presto own and run?

4. Why does Milton decide to remove the briefcase of money for the kidnapper from the garbage can?

5. How does Callie respond to Jerome's sexual advances?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do all of the women working at Sixty-Niners have in common?

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

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

4. Describe Meg Zemka's personality.

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

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

7. Describe Zora Khyber.

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

9. Describe the dynamics of Zoe's and Father Mike's relationship.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Throughout Middlesex, the setting of the story changes several times. Select one of the settings of the story: Turkey in the early 1900's, Detroit in the 1920's, Detroit/Grosse Point in the 1960's or Berlin in modern day.

1) Describe what happens in the story while the story is set in location and time period

2) Discuss the influence of the setting (place and time) on the story

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

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