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 Cal finally call home?

2. What surprises Cal most about Desdemona's appearance when he sees her for the first time since returning home?

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

4. What concerns Dr. Luce most about Callie's disappearance?

5. What does Chapter Eleven believe gives him the ability to finally beat his father at ping-pong?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dr. Luce's office.

2. How does Milton attempt to down play Callie's condition when telling her about the course of treatment?

3. What does Callie notice in Miss Grotowski's math class that makes her question her own physical development?

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

5. Describe Meg Zemka's personality.

6. Describe the Baker-Inglis English class production of Antigone.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes in Middlesex is "you can't stop the inevitable". Discuss how Eugenides demonstrates this theme in the novel. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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

Describe the events that lead Calliope to decide to live her life as Cal. Then comment on his/her decision. Did s/he make the right decision? Why or why not? What would you have done if you were in the same situation?

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