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. Where do Rex and Jerome take Callie and the Object while they are vacationing?

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

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

4. What role is Callie assigned in her English class production of Antigone?

5. How do Tessie and Milton react to the ER doctor's diagnosis of Callie?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Callie have sex with Jerome?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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