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. What synonym for "hermaphrodite" does Callie see in the dictionary that upsets her?

2. Which of the following changes in Callie is not typical for a girl to go through during puberty?

3. How do Callie and the Object react to Jerome's vampire movie shoot in the woods?

4. How does the Object act towards Callie the morning after the hunting lodge visit?

5. Which of the following is NOT a reason why Callie is concerned about her upcoming appointment with Dr. Bauer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dr. Luce's office.

2. Why does Cal decide not to go to Milton's funeral?

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

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. Describe Zora Khyber.

6. Describe the series of drivers who pick Cal/Callie up while s/he is hitch hiking.

7. How does Tessie react to the fight that Milton has with the men during Sunday dinner?

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

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

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

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

Throughout Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides weaves actual events from history (Turkish and American) into his fictional story. Select one of the situations where he places his characters within a real historical context and:

1) Describe the historical context of the scene or chapter (i.e. What actually happened in history that Eugenides uses in the book?).

2) Discuss the relationship between the historical context and the fictional story of the Stephanides family. What does this piece of history have to do with the family's life? Why does Eugenides choose to place these characters at this particular point in the story in this particular historical context?

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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