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 is Cal's motivation for attending the Warhol exhibit opening in Berlin?

2. Who is the first person to pick Cal/Callie up when s/he begins hitchhiking?

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

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

5. Why do all of the Sunday dinner guests except for Father Mike and Zoe stop coming to Middlesex?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Callie have sex with Jerome?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are several characters who influence the person that the narrator becomes. Select the two characters who you believe have the greatest impact on her development and:

1) describe each character's actions or beliefs as they relate to Cal/Calliope.

2) discuss the impact of this character on Cal/Calliope's life and personality.

3) discuss why you selected each particular character. What about each character made him/her more of an influence on Cal/Calliope than others?

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

Essay Topic 2

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 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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