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 changes in Callie is not typical for a girl to go through during puberty?

2. What does Chapter Eleven announce he plans on majoring in after his freshman year of college?

3. What does the Object tell Callie that she (Callie) sees "no irony in"?

4. Who is Meg Zemka?

5. Why does Cal finally call home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the changes in Chapter Eleven that Callie notices when he returns home from his freshman year at college.

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

4. Compare and contrast Milton's and Chapter Eleven's views on the Vietnam War.

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

6. Why does Callie have sex with Jerome?

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

8. How does Milton react to his impending death after running his car off of the bridge?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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